5 May

I was fortunate to spend my Saturday afternoon volunteering for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.  For the past three years, my boyfriend has been volunteering his time (and photo/video expertise) to this amazing cause, and my schedule was clear for Saturday afternoon so I tagged along to help out!  And I ‘m so glad I was able to go!

The Oncology Unit through some generous volunteers and donations has created a prom and fundraiser for their cancer patients and their families.  A few weeks before the prom, the children ages 1 and up are fitted for dresses and tuxedoes from local area stores who donate the clothing for the afternoon.  And for the afternoon of the prom, the children get the star treatment getting their hair and make-up done, walking down the red carpet, and being interviewed by Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick as they enter the prom to applause and cheers from the families, friends, nurses, doctors, and volunteers.  The smiles on these kids faces is absolutely priceless and the families have such a great time making fun memories.  I think that some of the parents had even more fun than the kids – their kids were smiling and having fun and they were able to get dressed up and enjoy some special time together.

This year was a masquerade theme with masks for the kids to decorate, music, karaoke, a photo booth, and so much food!  And let me tell you how cute a little two year old singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” into a microphone can be!  She was absolutely adorable!  The prom committee, made up of volunteers, truly goes all out with decorations, table settings, a DJ, and raffle drawings to help raise money for child cancer awareness and research.  It truly puts your entire life into perspective and I was so glad I could do a small thing for these amazing kids.

Check out the highlights from last year’s prom dress and tux fitting and from the prom (this year’s photos have been posted yet!).



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