Dream Prom for Hospitalized Youth
YO! Youth Outlook
Blog, Valerie Klinker
May 19, 2011
Everyone always talks about prom and how it’s such a big night. I guess you can say it’s kind of like rite of passage for teens. When you hear student talk about prom it is a big deal because you have so much to do, you come in contact with some taught decisions you have to make, like drinking, drugs, sex, etc or things of that sort. Some students deal with dancing, dates, or even the after party. So as a youth going through the motions and making those types of decisions it is a pretty big deal.
There are so many things that people need to prep for prom, and it is kind of expensive. I can say I have never gone to prom but people that I know who went said it was worth every dollar. To most people, it is worth it because it is an experience that you well never get to go back a re-do. I wanted to go to prom but back then when I was invited to prom I was really shy and quiet, I did not know how to dance or talk to boys so when I got asked I froze and politely said “no thank you.” I wish I had gone with a friend, I feel like I would have had a lot of fun.
I came across an article on the Internet called “Patients cut loose at 1st Children’s Hospital Prom". It caught my eye because when I close my eyes I couldn't not really image how that looked, and I did not understand why these patients would be at a prom.
UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospital did something magical for a group of students who would have never thought they would ever get the chance to go to a real prom as a normal teen, not only that but treated just like everyone else.
The reason I say that is because in my eyes when you are at a hospital you are really sick or injured and would not be able to do anything, but this hospital went out of their way to put on a prom for these teens, even though I feel like we should have already begin doing that a long time ago.
These youth at the hospital have cancer, breathing problems, wheelchairs, skin problems, needing transplants, etc and they should all go to prom because it can be a beautiful experience to those who well really appreciate it.
I feel like those who might have had a sickness or health problem and wanted to go to prom but could not because they did not have the proper equipment to get around or the proper people acting as chaperons then it should be the communities job to make those dress come true. I feel like everyone talk on how we the people are in control of all decisions, laws, or change, especially as voters, so we should be the ones who help those who need it and show people that dreams can come true even if they are small dress appose to big ones.
It must feel like a blessing to all those who took part in the prom. If I had a child who has cancer, or needed a transplant, or anything like that I would not want them to miss out on milestone events like this as a young person or though-out their lives.
-- Valerie Klinker
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