Children’s Hospital’s “Prom of Champions”
Children’s Hospital hosted Prom Night Friday for patients battling cancer and blood disorders.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter takes us to the red carpet event.
A motorcade led by New Orleans Police delivered of some of the area’s most worthy teenagers to an event they won’t soon forget, The Prom of Champions.
“It’s something they look forward to all year long,” parent Beth Cavalero said.
The night to remember is hosted by Children’s Hospital for teenagers with cancer and blood disorders.
“It’s wonderful, it’s wonderful. “They love it and it means a lot for us to see them be a teenager like they should be.”
Beth Cavalero’s daughter, Jenna was diagnosed with bone cancer three years ago.
She went through 29-rounds of chemo, and she had to have surgery 8 times.
“It’s great to see people I don’t like see often because they live far or they’re like only at the hospital. Jenna Cavalero said. “So it’s good to catch up.”
For most in attendance it’s been a long tough road to recovery; but Friday they sat their troubles aside and were treated like stars.
This year’s theme is Hollywood.
“All of the kids are stars they go through so much in the hospital and they are so resilient, can’t tell that they’re sick all the time, always happy, always have a smile on their face getting through this treatment,” said Kristin Haugen from Children’s Hospital. “I don’t know how they do it but they’re wonderful absolutely their All-Stars.”
Each star arrived by limo and walked the red carpet; complete with paparazzi to capture it all.
Trotter asked, “What do you think of this star treatment? It’s just wonderful to have this kind of treatment because you don’t have it every day,” Carly Pabst replied.
They got their corsages, and the food and dance floor were waiting.
“It’s really fun, exciting,” Kelsey Reitmeyer said.
“It’s a big deal; it’s something you remember forever from your childhood,” Beth Cavalero said.
“It’s just nice to see them outside of the hospital having a good time and they really look forward to it,” Haugen said.
This year marks the 4th annual Children’s Hospital “Prom of Champions.”