Mom here. I thought I had a few years to go before worrying about Rachel's first prom, but this year has been full of surprises -- and the fact that Rachel is going to the prom tonight at CHOP is no exception!
The hospital has a great program. As I understand it, the event started mainly for kids of traditional prom age who would otherwise miss the proms at their schools due to a hospitalization. Now, the event is opened to all the patients. The hospital has been abuzz today with everyone from the patients to the staff and a host of volunteers getting ready for the big night.
Rachel is very excited about it. She spent the afternoon "shopping" for a prom dress from a room full of donated apparel. After trying a half-dozen dresses, she finally settled on the perfect yellow gown. Then she had her make-up and nails done by a professional volunteer. And then off to select the perfect jewelry to complement her outfit. Rachel looks gorgeous! You should have seen her face light up as she looked into the mirror and saw her reflection. Ready to go for her first prom!
We're about to head downstairs to make an entrance on the "red carpet" and gather in the cafeteria, which has been beautifully decorated and transformed into a sparkilng dance hall for the kids to enjoy.