Any teenager deserves a chance to go to the prom, no matter the location of the venue. For children staying at SickKids hospital in Toronto, they were given their prom on a special Friday night on July 11.
The prom is called the After Hours Exclusive Teen Event, and was founded in 2009 at SickKids Hospital. The prom is part of a generous donation made by the Storfer Family, who created the Turning Dreams Into Memories Endowment Fund in memory of matriarch Ann Storfer who passed away from lymphoma in 2005.
The prom is available to any current or outgoing patients between the ages of 13 and 18, and has been popular among the kids for the last six years. Part of the hospital was transformed into a dance floor for kids to have fun, and party as if they were at a high school prom. SickKids even brought two members of Toronto FC, Mark Bloom and Nick Hagglund to join in the party and help give the kids a night to remember.
The After Hours Exclusive Teen Event is one of many events organized by SickKids to help improve the lives of children staying in the hospital. The prom was to give the kids a night to cut loose and have fun, while other events educate both the children and their parents.
For example, Insception Lifebank dropped by SickKids hospital on July 15 at the Terrace Café. In addition to showing support for the kids in the hospital, the visit was part of an educational campaign during Cord Blood Awareness Month this July to help inform more families about the benefits of cord blood banking and cord blood stem cells.
With more events to support both SickKids and the children staying in the hospital, families in Toronto and all across Canada will hopefully be inspired to do all they can to help improve the lives of sick kids.