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Find Out the Touching Reason This Teen Took His Mom to Prom

Trey Potter gave his mom, Melissa “MelRo” Roshan, an early Mother’s Day gift: He took her to prom to give her an experience she never had. 

MelRo — who grew up in 23 different foster care and group homes — became pregnant with Trey when she was 16. While living in a homeless shelter for teen parents, she earned her GED and worked to earn money for Trey. Today, the Ohio-based beauty is a successful model and foster youth advocate.

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“After surviving a tumultuous childhood and an even harder time while in foster care, I immediately transitioned into being a teen mother,” MelRo tells Us Weekly. “Seeing all my friends around me go to prom … was incredibly difficult. Part of me really wanted to go, but I knew I had a baby that needed me. And that became my reason for finding peace in missing out.”

MelissaRoshan Potter and son Trey
MelissaRoshan Potter and her son, Trey.

On April 16, a Vera Wang–clad MelRo finally made it to prom — on the arm of her 18-year-old son, Trey. “I felt like an old grandma initially! But I enjoyed my time once I let myself just be a kid again,” the the 36-year-old tells Us. “I decided to leave after an hour so that I would not hog up too much of the night. Then I went home and slept in happy peace. It was one of the greatest moments of my life.”

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And Trey felt the same way. “My mom is one of the most inspirational people I know,” says the high school senior. “After all she’s sacrificed and been through, I felt taking her was the least I could do.”

Trey plans to study chemical engineering in the fall. He is the first in MelRo’s family to attend college. 


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