In June, more than 50 local teen cancer survivors, patients and their guests enjoyed a night of dancing and fun at the fourth annual prom hosted by Carly’s Club, a social support program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. This year, the event celebrated with a New York City theme, which transported guests to the Big Apple.
Many teenagers with cancer are unable to attend their high school’s prom because of their diagnosis. The Teen Prom ensures that teens with cancer are able to attend and enjoy prom with other young patients and survivors who understand what they’re going through. Thanks to donor support, the Teen Prom is just one of many events offered to Carly’s Club members throughout the year at no cost to the attendees or their families. Carly’s Club also extended prom invitations to teens with blood disorders who will begin receiving treatment at the new Katherine, Anne and Donna Gioia Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center at Roswell Park after its fall opening.
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The evening began with pre-prom, where local hair stylists and makeup artists, including volunteers from Sephora, pampered the teens and helped them get ready for the big night. Guests then hopped in limousines and were off to the main event at Hotel Lafayette, where they enjoyed dinner, dancing and a Times Square ball drop.
Check out the video above and get a look at the fun night. Carly's Club and Roswell Park would like to thank the Montgomery Family Foundation, New Era Cap Foundation and all other participants and volunteers for their help making this special night happen.
Carly’s Club offers year-round support programs and events to make life more manageable for pediatric patients and their families and raises funds for pediatric cancer research at Roswell Park.
Editor’s Note: Cancer patient outcomes and experiences may vary, even for those with the same type of cancer. An individual patient’s story should not be used as a prediction of how another patient will respond to treatment. Roswell Park is transparent about the survival rates of our patients as compared to national standards, and provides this information, when available, within the cancer type sections of this website.