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Non-profits team up to host prom for children with cancer

The first-ever Family Prom was put on by the Tomorrow Fund for pediatric cancer patients at Hasbro Children's Hospital Thursday, May 11, 2017. (WJAR)

Welcome to the first-ever Family Prom.

It was put on by the Tomorrow Fund for pediatric cancer patients at Hasbro Children's Hospital Thursday night.

Music fills the air at Alpine Country Club in Cranston as kids and their families put cancer aside and dance, dance, dance.

"What we want was this night to be full of life and color and fun for our kids and families,” Lyndsay LaRocca of Hasbro told NBC 10 News.

The Family Prom was free to families and fun for all ages. More than 75 patients and their families attended the event.

"I think it's very fun and it's very pretty,” Ella Integlia of North Kingstown said. “And it's fun to get dressed up and the whole experience was fun."

Her father, Chris, was happy to escort Ella.

"It's a great opportunity to just step back and get away from the hospital and enjoy everybody for the day and celebrate the journey because it is a journey,” he said.

The theme of the night was, “This is My Fight Prom,” which is a play on the Rachel Platten hit, “This is My Fight Song.”

It was the idea of patient Abigail Waldron.

“‘This is my fight prom,’ instead of ‘Fight Song,’” Abigail said. “So, I thought, ‘Why not have it like that because everyone's fighting or has fought?’”

It's a long journey for the families, but memories from this one night will last forever.

"This is my first prom. I never went to the prom in high school, so this is my first prom and I'm enjoying it. I have three wonderful ladies with me -- my daughters and my wife,” Matthew Waldron, Abigail’s father, said.

Others shared similar sentiments.

"It's amazing. It's absolutely amazing,” Katie Furtado of Cranston said. “I walked in and I couldn't even believe it. I knew this would be something special, but this is beyond."

The Izzy Foundation, The Confetti Foundation, as well as The Vs. Cancer Foundation, helped put on the prom.


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