Away from their hospital rooms and out on the dance floor, teens with cancer celebrate during the fifth annual "A Prom to Remember" event held on Saturday, March 28 at
in downtown Cleveland.
Navigating the hallways of life as a high schooler can be tough – homework assignments, making friends, finding a seat at the lunch table -- but try to imagine navigating the hallways of a hospital every day instead.
Teens with cancer not only have to worry about passing exams in the classroom, but also taking tests in their hospital rooms. Things can get overwhelming at a very young age.
However, there's one special experience that each and every teenager should be able to enjoy, no matter what they're going through – a magical prom night.
Once again, A Prom to Remember made sure that more than 150 teens in Northeast Ohio had the opportunity.
A Prom to Remember is held in partnership between The Unforgettable Prom Foundation, Inc., and The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland. The event gives teens ages 12-19 a chance to celebrate their very own prom in an environment of acceptance and camaraderie.
This year's “The Wizard of Oz” theme, “There's No Place Like Prom,” resonates with the fact that the night is a unique rite of passage – one attending teens can enjoy without hospital rooms, doctors or parents, oh my!
Not only was the entire event offered at no cost to patients and families, but the community worked together to donate more than 3,200 dresses for the event.
Female attendees shopped for their perfect prom gown without spending a dime at the annual Dress Extravaganza.
On prom night, attendees were treated like famous movie stars as they pulled up in limos and stepped onto the Yellow Brick Road.
Attendees were interviewed by 19 Action News' very own Tiffani Tucker as they arrived, just like on Hollywood's red carpet. After they strutted their stuff down the entrance way, everyone headed inside to let loose and dance the night away!
Three area hospitals, Akron Children's Hospital, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and The Cleveland Clinic's Children's Hospital, prepared the guest list for the evening.