Children's Hospital holds 'prom' for young patients
Wednesday night was an opportunity to celebrate life at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville.
About 40 patients and their families attended the hospital's fifth annual “prom,” some decked out in clothes and accessories ranging from floor-length dresses to sparkly purple hats.
“They get to know the hospital isn't always serious,” said Helen Berry, 43, of Chicora in Butler County. “They can just enjoy themselves.”
Berry went with her daughter Sarah, 6, who has been in and out of the hospital because of leukemia.
Chelsea Acock, who helps organize events for kids at the hospital, said the prom helps parents connect with other parents and kids connect with other kids who may be going through similar problems.
“We just want to make it as normal as possible,” she said.
The hospital worked with different companies to offer prom-goers items including makeup, hair styling, dresses and tuxedos, said Ashley Van Alen, a special events coordinator at Children's.
Van Alen said the kids look forward to having fun, recalling a patient who started crying because she looked beautiful.
“It's all worth it,” she said.
Megan Henney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.