Two friends from Oak Forest High School, freshmen Anna Greenyes and Tyler Wilkey, decided they would go to their first Homecoming dance together Saturday night. The two say they’ve been friends since they were in fifth grade and love hanging out together.

Tyler was born with Dandy-Walker malformation, an excess of fluid at the cerebellum that causes delayed motor development, according to National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. His mother, Laurie Wilkey, says he looks like any other kid and is very outgoing and atheltic, but that he just learns differently. Anna, however, says she doesn’t see Tyler as being any different from the other kids; she sees him as a friend.

“We’ve been friends for a long time and I wanted to make Homecoming fun for all of us,” Anna, 14, said. “We danced together for our seventh-grade dance and I had a ton of fun dancing with Tyler at our eighth-grade dance.”

Even though Tyler got to experience and celebrate his first Homecoming dance, his mother said he almost missed out on the school’s Friday celebrations, saying Tyler and the other special education students were sent home early before the festivities begain.

“I had no idea there was an after-school assembly on Friday,” Laurie said. Anna’s mother said she then called Laurie to get Tyler back to the school.

“I said to get Tyler up here (the school) now,” Mary Greeyes said. “Tyler missed the cheerleaders, the pom guys, the teacher dance; he was there just in time to see the football team introduced.”

Anna, however, said she made sure Tyler was a part of the parade that followed.

“He rode on the float with the swim team,” Anna, a member of the swim team, said. “When I found out he wasn’t at the assembly, I said, ‘are you kidding me?’ Everyone should be treated the same; Homecoming is for the entire school, not just certain kids.”

Mary said Tyler was the hit of the parade, receiving high-fives from his schoolmates.

“Everyone just loves him,” Mary said. “My daughter has had more fun at school functions with Tyler than with anyone else.”

Tyler said he loves to dance and that his favorite song is “Party Rock” by LMFAO.

“Yeah, I’m excited about tonight,” Tyler said, before asking his mom if it was time go to yet.

“He’s been asking me all day if it’s 6 o’clock yet,” Laurie said.

Laurie said Tyler recently won a gold medal in bowling in the Special Olympics, beating out a 47 year-old and 52 year-old bowler and that he will compete in the sectionals in Addison in two weeks.

“He loves bowling and golf,” Laurie said. “He got to take a trip with the school’s golf team, which he loved.”

Anna said he also is a “daredevil” when they go to Six Flags Great America.

“He would ride every possible ride there, even the roller coasters, sometimes two or three times,” Anna said.

On Sunday morning, Laurie said that Tyler was “the life of the party,” dancing all night long with many different people.

“Tyler’s been going on all day about what an awesome time he had,” Laurie said. “All the kids loved him because he tries so hard and because he’s a genuinely sweet guy. It’s great to know that that group of kids will always be there for him.”