Brandon Neffendorf and Bailey Kay Hutson
A Texas high school Friday crowned Brandon Neffendorf, a teen with cerebral palsy and Bailey Kay Hutson, a senior with spina bifida as its homecoming king and queen.
“What an honor just to be nominated, and now to win, what an honor,” Brandon’s mother Jenifer Neffendorf told KVUE.
Bailey’s win marked the end of a weeks-long campaign organized by her best friend,Chloe Holmes, KVUE reports.
Chloe came up with the idea to nominate Bailey to cheer her up while she was hospitalized for complications from the birth defect that affects the brain and spine.
“I think she deserves it more than anybody,” Holmes told KVUE.
Seventeen years ago, doctors told Bailey’s mom Christy Hutson that her daughter wouldn’t live long.
“She wasn’t supposed to make it past birth,” Christy told KVUE. “She’s had 50 surgeries; lots and lots of hospitalizations.”
Through it all, the young girl has kept a positive outlook and an open heart – even fundraising to build a center for special needs kids and their families.
“I want to build a facility for kids like me to get out of the hospital and take their mind off their daily struggles,” Bailey said.
She displayed that same generosity of spirit as she waited on the football field with her fellow nominees from Dripping Springs High School.
When asked how she was feeling, she told the news station she was “anxious, nervous, excited; but most of all, I feel fabulous.”
Adding, “If I don’t get homecoming queen I’m happy for whoever does. It’s not about winning, you know.”
Bailey squealed in delight as her name was called and the crowd erupted in cheers.
“Oh my God, I do not deserve this!” she shouted as she left the field.