On Friday, May 4, 2018, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital hosted a Star Wars-themed prom for more than 50 patients who were unable to attend their own prom due to hospitalization or who, due to chronic or life-threatening conditions, may never get the opportunity.
"Prom is an important milestone that everyone should have a chance to experience, including kids who have a life-limiting or life-threatening diagnosis," said Hadley Trull, supervisor of St. Joseph's Children's Hospital's Child Life team.
The special event was an all-day affair that included selecting gowns and suits from a dress shop set up in the hospital, professional hair and wig styling, and pampering by makeup artists. Like all proms, the evening included refreshments, keepsake photos, music and dancing.
"We host this annual event to not only create a very special experience for our patients and their families, but also to provide a sense of normalcy amongst an often stressful and scary chapter in their lives."
Attendees also received their very own light saber and experienced a surprise invasion from members of the Florida Garrison of the 501st Legion dressed as Star Wars characters.
To see highlights from St. Joseph's Children's Hospital's prom, visit: Facebook.com/StJosephsChildrens.