Saint Mary's students host a special prom for cancer patients

Going to the prom is something most people look forward to. We go with that special someone, buy a new dress or suit, dance and just have fun.

Saint Mary's College wants to share a night like that with cancer patients and survivors so they're holding a prom on campus complete with all the things that make that night so memorable.

Tuesday Just Before Six how they are reaching out so people fighting cancer, "Don't Stop Believing."

As they walk down the steps of the Haggar Ballroom at Saint Mary's College, Juniors Devon Graham, Katie Griffin and Alexa Ahern are imagining the change that will take place here one week from Friday, March 2.

That's when they are hosting a prom, not for students, but for Michiana cancer patients and survivors.

Devon Graham, Stand Up 2 Cancer, explains that there are age limits for the prom, “We're hosting a prom for all ages, for cancer patients as well as survivors and they can bring guests. People under eighteen can have two guests so if they want to bring their parents.”

It's free through donations from Saint Mary's, Notre Dame and Holy Cross students. All you have to do to take part in this fun night is sign up.

The student fundraiser is for Stand up to Cancer, a national organization and 100 percent of the money they raise goes to research.

Devon started a local branch and because of that, 90 percent of what the prom raises will go to The Memorial Cancer Center, the rest to national.

Devon says she had a personal reason for starting a branch at Saint Mary's, “In high school my dad passed away from cancer and my mom and I immediately heard of stand up to cancer and I just kind of kept up to date with it and we made donations. When I came to college I thought this is just such a great place to start a club, we have so many opportunities.”

Opportunities these students want to reach out and share with community members facing cancer.

On that special night, the ball room on Saint Mary's campus will be filled with flowers, lights snacks and refreshments, prom pictures and everything else a prom entails.

Devon describes what type of music they are planning on playing, “We're going to have a DJ, we'll play music, we'll play oldies, we'll play Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, all of that.”

If you're worried about what you'd wear, no worry. Devon, Katie and Alexa have been busy collecting gently used party dresses from their fellow students.

The girls say that the youngest cancer survivors will be picked that night as king and queen.

Devon says it should be a fun night for all, “It's a night to just come and celebrate everyone's life, to dance to their courage and just have fun.”

A night, as the theme says, to "don't stop believin’."

If you are a cancer patient or survivor of any age and want a free prom night on the beautiful Saint Mary's College we have a link and phone numbers on our website.

They still need donations of men's clothing and dresses, so if you want to donate, we have that information, too.

Pickens Floral, who employs two cancer survivors, is donating flowers and corsages.

Saint Mary's can accommodate up to 200 people, so it's first come first serve to register.

If you'd like to take part in the “Don't Stop Believin'” Prom at Saint Mary's we have all the information.

The prom is from 6 to 9 p.m. at Haggar Hall on March 2. It is open for patients and survivors of all ages.


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