On the last weekend in September, 18-year-old Evan Parker, who was born with Down syndrome, was voted homecoming king at Salem High School in Michigan, donning a blue crown in front his cheering classmates.
It was the highlight in an otherwise extremely difficult year for Parker and his family. In October 2013, he had a stroke, and in January, he underwent a 16-hour brain surgery, reports Detroit news outlet WXYZ.
After this challenging time, Parker's classmates came together to honor him. There is also a wealth of support for Parker on Twitter.(Story continues below.)
So happy that Evan Parker won homecoming king ☺️❤️ well deserved
— Amanda Hunt (@itsamannddaa) September 27, 2014
— Kyra Neumann (@KyraNeumann) September 28, 2014
Thank you to everyone who changed Evans life last night! Salems 2014 homecoming king Evan Parker💙 pic.twitter.com/PhMwljuz3Y
— Holly Schultz (@holly_schultz) September 27, 2014
http://t.co/jAOaUr0Ylf my buddy Evan Parker 😄
— Kyra Neumann (@KyraNeumann) October 1, 2014
Parker's parents were equally thrilled by his homecoming win.
"Evan is such a positive person," Parker's mother, Lauren, told WXYZ. "He's always making other people happy. It was one of the greatest things, everyone cheering. It was unbelievable."