MD Anderson’s patients dance the night away at the magical Prom Party Palooza
Teenage Cancer Patients at MDA Children’s Cancer Hospital Celebrate with a Prom Night
Many adolescents being treated for cancer often miss out on school events, including prom, which can be a significant milestone. However, the teenage patients at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in Houston had a night to remember on Saturday when they celebrated their own prom.
It was a special occasion for these young cancer patients, who were pampered before they put on their elegant dresses and suits. The event was aimed at making up for lost time for the patients who face extended hospital stays, chemotherapy treatments, and isolation. For them, the prom night was more than just a dance; it was a chance to forget their illnesses and be kids again. They also had an opportunity to socialize with other patients who know what they’re going through.
Before the Fifth Annual Palooza Ball, the patients were treated to dozens of gowns and tuxedos donated by Houston-based businesses, including Muzzie’s, Macy’s, and Men’s Warehouse. The girls could have their hair, makeup, and nails done, and even picked out jewelry donated by Kendra Scott. This provided these young patients a chance to get dolled up and forget their underlying health conditions.
Under the Sea was this year’s theme, and characters from the movie were present to commemorate the event. A DJ entertained the crowd by playing music, keeping the boys on the dance floor all night long.
MD Anderson has partnered with the Sunshine Kids Foundation and event company EB Inc. to create such memorable experiences for teenage cancer patients. The hospital recognizes that these patients have already missed so much due to cancer treatments, so organizing events like the prom night is MD Anderson’s way of giving back and providing much-needed joy in their lives.
At a separate party, parents and younger siblings were also provided with entertainment featuring characters from the film, music, and activities. Both parents and siblings also benefit from these events, which provides them with a break to relieve the stress and emotional toll of watching their loved ones go through treatments.
It is, indeed, heartwarming to see how events like prom nights can make a significant impact in the lives of teenage cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers. It is part of the hospital’s effort to recognize their pure resilience and courage amidst the daily struggles brought about by their condition.
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