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Cosmetology students help cancer-battling teens get ready for special prom

Palm Beach State Cosmetology students volunteered their talents to help teen girls get ready for A Prom to Remember, a prom for teens battling cancer held May 15 at The Ritz-Carlton in Ft. Lauderdale. Nearly 200 teens from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties attended.

Before the big night, three prom-bound girls from Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center enjoyed the full glam treatment at The Sanctuary Salon and Spa in downtown West Palm Beach. Students from PBSC’s Cosmetology program, along with instructor Susan Fleming and salon staff, gave the girls the latest nail designs, make-up and hair styles.

Prom night is a milestone occasion for most teenagers. A Prom to Remember gives teens with cancer, ages 12-19, an opportunity to celebrate their life and youth in an environment of acceptance and camaraderie. The teens are treated like movie stars as they arrive in limousines, walk the red carpet, and dance the night away.

The prom, now in its sixth year, was held at no cost to the teens or their families. With the help of donors and volunteers, everything was provided, including tuxedos for the boys, dresses, hair and make-up for the girls, transportation, prom photos, food and entertainment.

The Unforgettable Prom Foundation/A Prom To Remember was founded in February 2010 and has produced proms in Fort Lauderdale, Cleveland and Boston.

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