David Cowan and Saris Garcia have known each other for over a decade, both high school students with Down syndrome.
The two went viral last week with a video of a homecoming proposition viewed millions of times. Their families say the special moment has reached so many, they are thrilled.
On Sept. 26, the sweet surprise was caught as Saris, an 11th grader and cheerleader at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida, cheered for a game of school football.
Her boyfriend, Cowan, a 12th grader at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, was just waiting in the bleachers to pop the question.
“He was so excited,” Saris’s mother, Wanda Cruz and Cowan’s mother, Marilyn Cowan, said in their joint email.
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The two met in a school for speech therapy, but lost contact after the Cowans moved away in 2004. Months later, both were enrolled and reunited in the same school.
The two have a “special connection,” their families said, taking part in county Special Olympics and staying active through various sports such as swimming and surfing.
Garcia had no idea about the proposal. Her response, their mothers said, was priceless.
“They were both so excited! The crowd was cheering for them! And the best part was the support and love from her cheer squad,” they said.
With both of them dressed in navy, David and Saris went to the Seminole High School homecoming on Sept. 28. The principal of the Seminole acknowledged David and Saris as a unique night pair at the dance.
“We want people to know that they are just like other couples and fall in love and wish to have a fulfilling life,” Cruz said.