While posing for photos outside Jericho Terrace Thursday night, Caleb Giordano looked stylish in his black suit just like the other young men attending Roslyn High School's senior prom. But what Giordano's long dress pants hid was the fact that he is missing one of his legs.
"I had amputation surgery ... when I was 18 months old," Giordano, 17, said while hoisting up the bottom right leg of his pants and exposing a metal prosthesis.
He explained that he was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency.
"In short, that means my femur didn't grow to full length, so I had to have it amputated," he said.
But living with one less limb doesn't hold back Giordano.
"When I was younger, it was always harder to fit in, but around sixth grade, I stopped worrying about that," he said, adding that now he's proud of what he can accomplish with just one leg.
Giordano said he even competes on the wrestling team for Carle Place Senior High School, where he is a junior.
He came to the Roslyn prom as senior Jelisa Kirkland's date. The two met earlier this school year and became friends while taking courses at the Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center in Westbury. Giordano studies construction there, while Kirkland took courses in child development.
"I didn't want to go to prom at first, but then I found him." Kirkland, 17, said. "He's cute ... and just has a great personality."
As the pair entered the prom venue, Kirkland said she was just excited to be spending the evening with Giordano.
And although both admitted they aren't good dancers, they said neither that, nor Giordano's missing leg, would be stopping them from hitting the dance floor.