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MamaPop Blog: ‘No Worries Now’ Prom Gives Sick Kids A Chance To Cut Loose, The Rest Of Us A Chance To Sob Uncontrollably

 

‘No Worries Now’ Prom Gives Sick Kids A Chance To Cut Loose, The Rest Of Us A Chance To Sob Uncontrollably

06/30/2011 12:00 pm by

 

Ah, the high school prom! The crowning glory of the microcosmic high school experience! The streamer-draped altar at which yards of tulle and burdensome virginities are sacrificed! The one time a year when teenagers can deviate from their regular routine of making everything about themselves by dressing up and making everything about themselves!

Pretty in Pink No Worries Now Prom Gives Sick Kids A Chance To Cut Loose, The Rest Of Us A Chance To Sob Uncontrollably

And — if you’re Andie Walsh — it’s also the opportunity to design a matronly sack dress for the Dorothy Zbornak Mother-of-the-Bride collection.

As twee and cringe-worthy as the prom can be (and I refuse to even acknowledge the existence of ADULT PROMS, OMFG), it can definitely be a pretty important event in the life of your garden variety American teenager. But what about the teenagers who come of age under more unique circumstances? The ones plagued by serious illnesses or disabilities that forced them to spend the majority of their childhoods inside the confines of hospital rooms and treatment centers? Don’t they deserve one lousy night of punch and disco balls and awkward gyrating to Ke$ha songs? FUCK YES they do, and college student and awesome-name-haver Fred Scarf did something about it.

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No Worries Now No Worries Now Prom Gives Sick Kids A Chance To Cut Loose, The Rest Of Us A Chance To Sob Uncontrollably

But why isn’t he wearing a…oh, nevermind. I still think you’re neat, Fred.

Scarf, who founded his nonprofit No Worries Now Foundation in 2006 to honor his best friend (and would-be prom date) who passed away from osteosarcoma, received a $7,000 gift from a Los Angeles television station’s “Pay It Forward” program to fund his No Worries Now Prom. The money enabled 300 area teens to dance the night away at Madame Tussaud’s in Hollywood, far removed from the tubes and treatments and hospital beds that so routinely punctuate their daily lives.

Yeah, I’m crying. WHAT? Not made of stone over here, assholes.

Promise me something, guys: for every time you read something awful online today, or are tempted to be a giant asshat to someone from behind the protective anonymity of the Internet, come back to this page (WOO PAGEVIEWS!) (KIDDING) and look at these pictures, and remember that there are people in this world who put all their time and brainpower and energy towards giving others one night — just a few hours! — of carefree happiness. I think we can all agree that it’s a pretty beautiful thing.

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