Cancer patients prepare to attend special prom night

It’s one of the most significant events in a young person's life -- prom night. However, countless children battling cancer are often forced to miss that milestone but not any longer for young patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Those patients spent Monday and Tuesday shopping for gowns and tuxedos, free of charge, at a pop-up boutique set up specifically for their occasion in the hospital. 

The big day is Saturday. 

“The observatory on the 24th floor will be beautifully-decorated, complete with a DJ, dancing and dinner Saturday for prom night,” explains MD Anderson director of kids activities Kevin Long. 

Thomas Nguyen first launched the event in 2016 for the children.  

“Unfortunately, I had a really bad prom that I want to forget," explains Nguyen, who is the co-owner of the Peli Peli restaurants, of which there are two in the Houston area. "So I want to give these kids a wonderful prom to remember.” In fact, Nguyen was able to round up ten different restaurant owners to take part and donate food.

“I’m looking for a black dress,” says one patient with a smile. She adds that she’s really looking forward to Saturday. The gowns adorned rolling racks and fitting rooms were set up so girls and boys could make sure to choose the perfect prom outfit.