A group of terminally ill teenagers who are all battling life-threatening illnesses and may never get the chance to attend a high school prom got their chance to do so earlier this week at the first-ever “No Worries, Now Prom” event held just for them.
via NBC Los Angeles
Young patients battling life-threatening illnesses swapped hospital gowns for ball gowns Thursday night for a prom thrown just for them.
LA-based No Worries Now was founded in 2006 by a then-15-year-old boy who lost his best friend to bone cancer. Some 20 teens attended the organization’s first No Worries Prom in 2006. The special – and free – event has grown to San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
“It’s nice to be around kids that understand what we’re going through,” said Lorena Herrera, who has kidney disease.
Prom attendees walked a red carpet, danced under twinkling lights, wore corsages made of balloon “flowers,” and took quintessential prom photos by a flowing fountain.
“For many attendees, the No Worries Now Prom is the one night a year they can just be kids,” said Marta Belcher, No Worries Now’s executive director.
“Prom is a milestone that many of them would otherwise not be able to experience—either because of rigorous treatment schedules or because they will not live long enough.”
Such a positive event for a group of well-deserving kids. We love it.