A Prom To Remember
by Joe Walsh
Prom night is a special event in the life of any adolescent. It is a chance to make memories that will serve as a nostalgic reminder youth’s blitheness for years to come. However some teens are dealing life threatening illnesses that can take away from this experience. That is why in 2009 Brandon Opre started The Unforgettable Prom Foundation, with the goal of providing a “Prom to Remember” for teens who are battling cancer, or are currently in remission from cancer.
The organization began in South Florida, but this year a group of dedicated volunteers are working hard to bring this event to Boston, and give hope, strength, and inspiration to teens affected by cancer by providing them with the ultimate prom experience. The event will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common on June 6th. The entire night is completely free of charge to the teens, as A Prom to Remember will provide limo transportation, formal attire, salon services, prom photos,food, flowers, and entertainment.
Braintree High School guidance counselor Meghan Thomas serves as the Hospital Liaison for A Prom to Remember: Boston, and works with hospitals in the Greater Boston area finding patients who would like to participate. “I definitely think the prom experience is a huge part of any teens life. These teens in particular may not be able to live the average teen life, because they are in and out of treatments and the hospital, so I think its very important to give them the opportunity to be the stars that they truly are,” said Thomas. Braintree High School’s Project Pride club also participated by donating used prom dresses
After the teens and their guests arrive they will walk down a red carpet, and get a chance to enjoy themselves without the pressures that they bear on a daily basis. The decor theme of the evening is “a starry night,” and any decoration donations are welcome. Celebrities and special guests are needed to walk the teens down the carpet, and help make the night memorable, and registration is still open for anyone between the ages of twelve and nineteen who has been affected by cancer and would like to participate.
These individuals are dealing with things that no one should have to deal with. The strength and fortitude that they exhibit is nothing short of extraordinary. With this event our community will rally behind them, and let them know that we support them and that even in their darkest hours, they are truly stars. Monetary donations are needed to make this special evening possible. If you would like to donate you can click here. Any size donations will be extremely helpful in providing these remarkable young men and women with a prom that they will truly remember and cherish for the rest of their lives.
Anyone with questions about this event can contact the chairwoman of “A Prom to Remember” Wendy Nichols at wendy@aPromToRemember.org, or Mrs. Thomas at the high school.