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MD Anderson Hospital throws prom for pediatric patients

HOUSTON – Pediatric patients at MD Anderson who cannot leave the hospital during treatments when their immune system is compromised mostly miss regular school activities like prom.

However, for the second year, the cancer hospital is bringing prom to the patients.

Companies and restaurants like Al's Formal Wear, and Peli-Peli got together to deliver hundreds of prom styles this week.

"I wanted to give these kids an experience they've never had, and I want other kids to be jealous. You know, I want this prom to be something special for Houston and I hope every year more and more people are able to get involved with us, more restaurants and give these kids something they'll never forget," said Peli-Peli owner Thomas Nguyen.

"They're not able to go to large venues due to all of the germs that tend to be out there so by having the prom here, we're able to create that experience and have all the resources that MD Anderson has to give them the support to have a fun night," said Lauren Shinn, MD Anderson special patient programming.

Saturday's prom is an all-day event for the girls who can custom design Kendra Scott jewelry and do their hair and makeup.

All the men and women patients will pick up their outfits they're selecting for Prom Palooza on Saturday.