March 29 is prom night at Pima Community College for a very special group of teenagers.
The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona is hosting the 9th Annual Dream Night Prom at PCC’s Downtown Campus for teens diagnosed and dealing with cancer and teens with other life-threatening illnesses. Their siblings also are invited. This year’s event, offered at no cost to families served by the foundation, is expected to draw about 100 teens.
Volunteers from Student Government and the Diversity Club at Downtown Campus will help staff the event, as will local members of the armed forces from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Other community volunteers will help the attendees with their hair and makeup.
“This prom affords a magical and very healing experience for the many teens who participate,” said Beverley Tidwell, program director of the Candlelighters.“The challenge for a child diagnosed with cancer is multifaceted, and for a teenager, the experience is far more personal. The treatments frequently induce hair loss, weight loss and other physical challenges. Months of hospitalizations can disrupt the usual social activities, and important milestones are often missed.”
“This event would not be possible without the generous donation and sponsorship provided by the local community,” Tidwell said.
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona is a small, local charity whose mission is to educate, support and advocate on behalf of families of children and teens with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, bereaved families, and the professionals that care for them. It currently serves more than 350 families, providing services designed to offer normalcy in an otherwise stressful time in their lives.
- What: 9th Annual Dream Night Prom
- Where: PCC Downtown Campus (Amethyst Room), 1255 N. Stone Ave.
- When: 6-9 p.m., March 29
- For more information: Contact Beverley Tidwell, (520) 609-8953 or Beverley@candlelightersaz.org