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Pediatric Patients Trade Hospital Gowns for Tuxedos and Dancing Shoes

Girls in glittering gowns and boys in sharp tuxedos strolled down a red carpet during the Hollywood-themed annual prom at Florida Hospital for Children on Saturday.
Teens diagnosed with a chronic illness or disease such as cancer have to make countless sacrifices, and hospital staff made sure prom wasn't one of the milestones they'd have to miss.

On Saturday, patients enjoyed hair and makeup sessions while they prepped for the festivities, which included food, entertainment, photo opps and party favors. Patients were also crowned prior to entering the event.
"Many of our patients sadly miss milestone moments, like their school prom, because of their treatments," said Chantelle Bennett, Child Life manager at Florida Hospital for Children. "We're dedicated to providing holistic care for our patients, and tonight, that meant providing an experience that helped them forget about their challenges and just have fun."

While the teens enjoyed the event, parents were invited to watch a movie and received a "parent pass" to briefly join the prom for pictures with their children.

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