Nemours Patients Sparkle at "Fire and Ice" Prom - Promise

Nemours Patients Sparkle at “Fire and Ice” Prom

The guests arrived at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children’s 2016 “Fire and Ice” prom in glittering gowns and sharp suits, groomed to perfection and shivering a little on a breezy April evening. They exited classic cars that had chauffeured them to the hospital, letting their illness take a back seat on this festive evening. They danced, posed for photos, laughed and reveled with nearly 100 fellow Nemours patients who are facing or recovering from serious health concerns.

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The Nemours prom, a labor of love for dedicated staff and volunteers, is now in its fourth year. Teens with cancer, sickle cell disease, heart and kidney disease, and other conditions are treated to a themed extravaganza that rivals any high school prom.

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An outpouring of community support ensures the guests enjoy a wonderful event at no cost to their families. Dresses, tuxedos, makeup and hair styling, food, decorations, gifts, music and photography are all donated, sponsored or provided by Nemours.

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The 2016 “Fire and Ice” motif was interpreted through ice sculptures, heaters throwing artificial “flames,” fire-eating performers, snowflake and icicle décor — something to dazzle the eye at every turn. But the real dazzle was supplied by our prom-goers.

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Thanks to the Speakman Company for their title sponsorship and to our incredible photographer Gretchen Johnson. See the full gallery of prom images on Flickr.

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