Mums and garters are a tradition as big as Texas, but two Southlake Carroll students are forgoing to donate the money to charity.
Courtney Blunt said Cook Children's Medical Center has helped her with the ear problems she has experienced since a car wreck when she was younger. The senior asked her date, Nate Pisik, to take the money he would have spent on a mum and donate it to the hospital.
"When we came up with the idea, there was no way we could go back and make a mum," Blunt said. "When you have that option to save maybe, possibly, a life by donating to a good cause, there's no question."
Nate said he was more than willing.
"We just figured for what people are spending on them that they could do so much better things with that," he said.
Instead, the two teenagers will wear a single ribbon with a Cook Children's Hospital button pinned at the top. Their names will be glued on the ribbon with letters they found in magazines.
"You know, I've had this for about a year, and it just sat in my closet," said Pisik, pointing to an old garter.
They said said they if they can inspire one person to donate to a better cause, they will have been successful.