GRAFTON -- Dozens of families impacted by childhood cancer escaped their hospital rooms and hit the dance floor at a Special Prom in Grafton Saturday night.
River Room was filled with kids and adults dressed to the nines and getting their groove on, including five-year-old Hayley Schramek and her mom, Julia.
It’s something they haven’t been able to do much of in the past few years because back in June 2016, at just three, Hayley was diagnosed with leukemia.
“It was tough. It was really hard on our family not only just emotionally but financially, and it was hard for her because she didn’t understand what was going on,” Julia said.
They went through a difficult journey at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, but are proud to say Hayley finished treatment last summer.
Now six months later they continue to receive support from the community like from organizations like Gamerosity which hosted the event.
“Give these kids a great night where they can actually press play from a life that’s been paused from childhood cancer and just have a good time together,” Executive Director Manny Munoz said.
From survivors to those still fighting the battle, everyone dressed up from head to toe and had the chance to get their hair and makeup done.
There were corsages, boutonnieres, and even a prom queen.
Adriana Soto, who’s fighting brain cancer, was earned the title was awarded a crown.
“I liked it. It was fun,” she said.
Spreading the joy and love between those with a common bond.
“It’s so great to be able to just let go and enjoy the night and be able to enjoy each other’s company with other cancer families. We’re all together in this,” Julia said.
— Lauren Linder (@lauren_linder) February 24, 2019