MelissaRoshan Potter lived in 23 foster homes from the time she was 10 years old. As she was transitioning out of the foster care system, and around the time her own high school prom was held, she got pregnant and never attended the dance. Her son Trey knew that, and at age 12, told her he'd take her to his own prom someday. "I really didn’t take him seriously. I was like, ‘Oh, OK, buddy. Sure,'" Potter, 36, tells the Huffington Post. But, now 18, Trey made good on that promise last month, leaving his mom feeling "like Cinderella" in her Vera Wang gown at Ohio's Gahanna-Lincoln High School prom, she says.
"It was hard seeing my friends going off to prom [and] getting ready to graduate, when I had a baby," Potter, now a makeup artist and an advocate for foster kids, tells ABC News. So when her son asked her to the dance, "I felt very stoked and excited. I was like, 'Oh my God. I'm about to get the best dress and turn up at the prom!'" As for why he asked, "She never had that experience and she’s risked so much for throughout my life and made so many sacrifices I thought it would be the right thing to do," Trey tells WCMH. "It just makes her happy, and that's all that really matters."