No Worries Now is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the well being of teens with life-threatening illnesses now. One of their initiatives, known as the Pair Program, pairs teen patients with teen volunteers and sends each pair on monthly outings so that patients have the opportunity to feel like normal teens. This video highlights the amazing friendship of two teens named Evelyn and Lily who met through the program and developed an irreplaceable bond that has changed both of their lives.
By Amy Powell
Thursday, June 12, 2014
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) —
Hundreds of teenagers coping with a life-threatening illness or disability celebrated their prom in Hollywood Thursday night. The event was organized by No Worries Now, a non-profit organization founded by Fred Scarf.
“I’ve missed a lot of opportunities throughout my high school years, so to be able to be here and the people who put this together I’m thankful for that,” cancer survivor Genasis Crafton said.
Asha Kenlow had a stroke at the age of 5, there was a time in her life when she couldn’t walk or talk. On Thursday night, she was ready to dance.
“This is an excellent place because sometimes kids who have gone through real struggles with different disorders and diseases, they can come here and feel safe and feel comfortable,” Asha’s mother, Wanda Kenlow said.
The rooftop party at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood included dinner, entertainment and an impromptu talent show. It was put together by volunteers.
The kids say that what makes this prom special is spending time with others who share similar struggles.
“They understand what it’s like,” one attendee said.
“It’s a lot of fun. It gives us a chance to sort of get away from our worries, I guess, and just enjoy the night,” cancer survivor Matt Foster said.
Having cancer changes everything, but for one teen, her diagnosis led to an incredible friendship that has had a very positive impact on her life.
Thanks to the nonprofit organization No Worries Now, 19-year-old Evelyn was able to regain a sense of normalcy after being treated for Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone and tissue cancer, at the age of 16. Through Pair Program, an initiative that brings teen patients together with teen volunteers to have fun, Evelyn was introduced to Lily and a very special relationship was formed.
“It’s really just been a straight friendship,” says Lily. “We bonded over a lot of things both going through our freshman year of college and we had a lot of time talking about those types of experiences.” Watch in the video above.
“My friendship with Lily has made my life better because I’m able to go to her when I’m feeling down. She reassures me and brightens up my day when I feel self-conscious about myself,” explains Evelyn.
“I think Evelyn and I will be friends for quite awhile,” says Lily.
It definitely looks like it.