>It’s prom time: fancy dresses, tuxedoes, corsages and lots of fun. For many of us, our high school prom was a pinnacle of our teen years. But sometimes, it doesn’t work out as expected.
Take for example, Children’s Medical Center patient Cheyene Mills.
A year ago, Cheyene, who hails from Tom Bean, Texas, purchased a short, strapless dress for prom night with her high school classmates, but she didn’t get to attend the event. She had a good reason, though: Cheyene had been diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and therefore had a more pressing engagement — treatment at Children’s, where she received a life-saving stem cell transplant.
On May 8 of this year, 16-year-old Cheyene finally got to wear her fabulous little black dress, adorned with pearl accessories. Thanks to some very special people at Children’s, Cheyene and other patients got a prom created just for them.
Our patients got to have this quintessential teen experience because the Child Life team at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders organized a prom for hematology, oncology and stem cell transplant patients ages 15 to 18 and held it here at the hospital. The theme was “Night of the Stars,” complete with star decorations, food, portraits, card games, a DJ and dancing.
The event was sponsored by Heavenly Hugs, a non-profit organization started by the parents of Blakely Johnson, a Children’s patient who succumbed to cancer in 1997.
View a video gallery to see Cheyene and her fellow patients’ special night.