Every year, workers roll out the red carpet, and dozens of employees and volunteers, including a seamstress, a tailor, and professional hairstylists and makeup artists, donate their time to treat current and former patients to hours of primping, pampering, and an evening they will never forget.
But how did the annual proms at NewYork-Presbyterian’s two children’s hospitals begin?
“The idea actually came from a patient,” explains Rechelle Porter, director of Child Life Services and Creative Arts at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. “She was going to miss her prom, and she was talking to other patients, and she said, ‘It would be really cool if we had a prom here.’”
“That made us think,” Porter continues, “‘There are a lot of kids that spend a lot time here, and there are special moments that they can’t be involved in just because of their illness. Why not have a prom here?’”