Teenager asks 8-year-old boy to be her date at prom and he accepts

Shelby Butler 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A senior high school student surprised her 8-year-old neighbor and asked him to be her prom date.

The overjoyed boy accepted the proposal.

Shelby Butler of Georgia, grew up next door to Alex Richards, and has watched him battle cancer.

Butler was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just 4 years old. He underwent treatment and he became better.

Last year, the cancer came back and he received a life-saving bone marrow transplant from his sister. Sadly, the family recently learned the tragic news that the cancer cells have returned.

Butler decided to invite Richards to prom on Saturday. She held two signs. One read: “Superman is cool because he has x-ray vision. Superman is cool because he scales tall buildings.
Batman is cool because he drives the fanciest car on the planet. Alex is cool because he never stops fighting.”

The second sign read: “I would like my superhero Alex to be my date to the prom.” Underneath were two boxes so he can check yes or no. Alex checked yes.

Alex’s mother Sheri Richards, said that her son is looking forward to the event.