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.