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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - For Teens with Cancer, the 2nd Annual "Prom to Remember" Hosted by Seven South Florida Hospitals will be an Unforgettable Night

Fort Lauderdale, FL -  On Friday, May 6th, seven South Florida hospitals will give their pediatric cancer patients a reason to dress up and dance the night away. Prom night is a special highlight for most teenagers - but one that kids with cancer often have to miss. On May 6th, these teens will have a chance to party at a prom of their very own.

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale will once again host the 2nd annual prom for these children at their elegant, beachfront hotel. More than 200 teens, between the ages of 12-18 will be treated like stars as they arrive in limousines, walk the red carpet, and are greeted by Shireen Sandoval, commentator from WSVN’s Deco Drive. Other celebrities are expected to also make guest appearances.

“The kids are so excited about the prom. While their days are usually spent focusing on their illness, the prom takes their mind off of being sick,” said Trish Lira, Director of Child Life Services at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. “And because all the attendees are cancer patients, they don’t worry about looking or feeling different - everyone understands what they’re going through.”

The prom is held at no cost to the children or their families, thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donations.  Everything from tuxedos for the boys, dresses and hair and make-up for the girls, door-to-door limousine transportation, prom photos, food, music and much more are all being provided, free of charge to the foundation.  In addition to the Ritz-Carlton, other prom sponsors and businesses include Blue Martini, Pepsi, Walgreens, Aveda Salons, The Florida Panthers, Full Spectrum Media, Southern Formals, Panera Bread and Screamin’ Entertainment.

"We feel like we are making a difference in the lives of these courageous teens, and I'm honored to make it happen in South Florida,” said Brandon Opre, Founder and Chair of A Prom To Remember. “It is truly a special event, and we’re very appreciative of the support that we have from our community to help make it all possible."

The seven South Florida Hospitals participating include Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Broward County, Baptist Health, Miami Children’s Hospital and University of Miami/Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami-Dade County, as well as Palms West and St. Mary’s Hospital in Palm Beach County. 

To learn more about “A Prom To Remember,” visit the web site at www.apromtoremember.org or call 877-FTL-PROM (877-385-7766).

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit www.browardhealth.org.