Teens Impacted by Cancer to Dance the Night Away without Worry – or Their Wigs

PHOENIX, AZ (February 26, 2019) Cancer Support Community Arizona, the only organization in the state that provides year-round emotional nutritional, and educational support for teens impacted by cancer, will hold its Annual Prom for Teens Impacted by Cancer on Saturday, March 30 from 6-10 pm.

The event, which will be held at the organization’s Midtown Phoenix Campus at 360 East Palm Lane, will celebrate with a Harry Potter-inspired theme of “One Magic Night.”

“At Cancer Support Community Arizona, Prom is about cultivating a sense of community and creating a comfortable space for the teens,” said CEO Debbie DiCarlo, who added that festivities include a special Dress and Tux Days on Saturday, March 9, for teens to select their formal outfits.

Any teen or young adult age 13 to 21 who has been impacted by cancer – including those undergoing treatment, post-treatment survivors and teen caregivers – will be pampered on the day of the event as they get their hair and makeup done. A delicious formal dinner followed by dancing the night away with a live DJ will help create amazing memories with old and new friends. About 70 teens are expected to attend.

“Cancer turns the entire family’s world upside down,” says Brielle Giesemann, Cancer Support Community Arizona’s Bilingual Program

Coordinator. “Whether they are battling feelings of insecurity from the way cancer changes their bodies, or they struggle to just ‘be a teen’ because of a family member’s diagnosis, Prom is the perfect opportunity to do something just for themselves. At our Prom, they feel safe and comfortable, and are with others who know what they’re going through.”

Prom is provided complimentary to our teens and is funded through generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. It is organized by the dedicated Prom Planning Committee comprised of staff, volunteers, and some of the teen participants.

“Prom is my favorite event of the year and I can’t wait to dance and hang out with my friends!” Katrina, 19, brain cancer survivor.

To stay updated on “One Magic Night” follow Cancer Support Community Arizona on Twitter (@CSCArizona), Instagram (@cscaz360) and Facebook (@CSCArizona).

About Cancer Support Community Arizona

Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) provides the only comprehensive program of psychosocial services to people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones in the state of Arizona. The program offers emotional support services, healthy lifestyle activities, educational seminars, social connections, and resources and referral. Services are evidence-based, professionally facilitated and provided at no cost. Through participation in the program, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope, regardless of the stage of disease. For more information about Cancer Support Community Arizona visit cscaz.org or cscaz.org/teenprom