PUBLISHED: 14:59 EST, 21 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:04 EST, 21 June 2013
Confined to their hospital beds, doctors’ appointments and treatment schedules means that many of these terminally-ill teenagers often miss out on experiences their peers get to enjoy.
But on Thursday night, they were able to forget about their illnesses and focus on being teenagers – by swapping their hospital gowns for prom dresses at a party in Los Angeles, California.
More than 200 youngsters took the red carpet to the dance floor at the No Worries Now Prom, which allows the teenagers to enjoy an important milestone they might otherwise not experience.
Guests of honor: Among the teenagers attending the prom was Rachael Gottes (far left) who had leukemia. Guests said they loved that the chance to meet others who had been through the same experiences
‘For many attendees, the No Worries Now Prom is the one night a year they can just be kids,’ Marta Belcher, No Worries Now’s executive director, told NBC Los Angeles.
‘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.’
Attendees danced under twinkling lights, wore corsages made of balloon flower and snapped their prom photos by a fountain at the Evening in Venice themed event at The Ebell in Los Angeles.
The prom is organized by No Worries Now, which was launched in 2006 by a teenager who lost his best friend to bone cancer and wanted to give other sick youngsters something to celebrate.
It also pairs patients and volunteers from local colleges to go on monthly trips so the teenagers feel ‘normalcy and joy’.
The events are now held in 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.
‘You feel like no one is judging you or anything, so that’s why I really like coming here,’ Alex Martinez, 18, told ABC7.
‘At a regular prom, maybe people would look at me weird because I would be the only one in a wheelchair, but here, everybody has something, a story to share.’
Sascha Lee, 22, added: ‘Having a disability, it’s not that easy to find someone who can relate to you, so being able to come and have fun and meet other people that know what you’re going through is a great thing to me.’
You can find out more about the charity and its events here.
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