LEWISTON — Tony Robichaud never went to his high school prom.

“I left home. I joined the Marines,” he said. He finally went to a high school prom Saturday night when he took his daughter, a Lewiston High special needs student.

Calli Robichaud, 20, was born prematurely. At birth, she weighed only one pound, three ounces, said her mother, Tina Robichaud. Her daughter has many challenges. She uses a wheelchair to get around, has multiple sclerosis, suffers seizures and is blind.

“Her father never went to his prom, so he’s not going to let his daughter miss hers,” Tina Robichaud said.

Saturday night, he put on a dark suit, complete with handkerchief and tie that matched his daughter’s salmon-colored formal dress.

Before the prom began, he stood next to his daughter. Though limited in how she can communicate, Calli was all smiles as family members took photos. She was excited about the dance, her mother said.

Her father joked about having to wear a jacket and tie.

“The sacrifices we make for our kids,” he said with a smile.


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