These Teens Prove That ‘Real Friends Don’t Count Chromosomes’

Matt and Mikenzy show that their friendship is less about their differences and more about their special bond.

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Mikenzy Snell and Matt Pliska at Prom

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“I knew he was going to be a forever friend” Mikenzy Snell told The Huffington Post about her friend, Matt Pliska. Matt has Downs syndrome, but to Mikenzy, their friendship isn’t about chromosome count.

Matt and Mikenzy became friends after being paired up on a field trip in the fifth grade. Seven years - and many ice cream runs and sing-along sessions - later, the high school juniors remain friends. Then Matt asked Mikenzy to the prom, and the pair decided the big night would be the perfect occasion to show the world that a mutual love of bowling, ice cream, and sing-alongs are enough to bring two people together, despite their differences.

The lovely couple showed up to prom with a corsage, bow tie, and a sign that read “That ‘Real Friends Don’t Count Extra Chromosomes.” As Mikenzy told WBAY, “I just feel like it really shows our friendship to the next level of where it actually is, but people might not see behind closed doors.”

When Mikenzy talks about Matt, she describes not what sets them apart, but rather what’s brought them together: “he’s such a positive person. He always has a smile on his face.”

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