In the last post I told you about our trip to Riley for Promingdales, the “shopping night” for the Riley prom. The post about just that night became so long that I had to tell you about the prom in a separate post.
On May 5th we went to Riley early in the day so the ladies could attend the spa day. They were treated to hairdos, nails, and makeup by a group of volunteer hairdressers and others. They also had an area set aside for Moms and Dads to get a massage. Riley really knows how to put on an event for the whole family. When the girls turn came up to have their makeup and nails done Brianna was surprised to get hers done by Miss America 2009 Katie Stam. Below is a picture after they were done.
Once the ladies finished their spa visit Derek, Rachelle, and Jaelynn met us there and we boarded the people mover to make the trip over to Fairbanks where the prom was being held. The theme was Alice in Wonderland and they had the place fixed up extremely nice. One large room had food tables in it and also had a stage and large dance floor. The other room had tables to sit and eat along with a dessert table. There was also face painting and video games for the kids along with a photo booth. Tori and Jaelynn are shown dancing with Miss America. In the back is one of the props that they made. They were amazing.
When we first got there we registered and made our way to the photograph room where they were taking family pictures. Brianna was in one of her moods and did not want to take a picture. We ended up leaving without the picture and made our way down the hallway to the prom area. Angie was very disappointed that she did not want the picture and she talked to Brianna. finally she agreed to have her picture taken so we made our way back to the photographer’s room. There was a huge line of people waiting to get their picture taken but they were kind and knew that we may only have one shot at getting her picture so they allowed us to cut in front of them. We went in and I got Bri out of the wheelchair and helped her balance as we posed for the camera. Our granddaughter Jaelynn, who is a total ham, did not disappoint us. As the photographer was taking the picture she was acting out and the picture is hilarious. See for yourself.
The evening was pretty magical but it was still an emotional roller coaster. I was so excited to see the smiles on my family’s faces. That brought me great joy. But there were also moments that brought pain to my heart. All the patients were having a great time but knowing that there were so many sick children in that room was terrible. And Bri being one of the few who had to be in the wheelchair was not easy to take either. But, all the magical moments far outweighed the painful ones and everyone had a great time. Jaelynn was a star on the dance floor as well and she and Brianna were exhausted as we left to board the people mover and head back to our vehicles.
God put everything in place for our family and the families of the other oncology patients to have a wonderful time. He used some true angels to accomplish this. The doctors and nurses of the oncology department and countless volunteers made this happen and it all happened through the Riley Children’s Foundation. If you would like to donate to their cause or volunteer in some way at one of their events please visit their website. They arranged both the prom and Promingdales. I failed to mention in the last post that all the dresses, shoes, and jewelry were donated to the cause. If you have some nice items in your closet that you no longer need please consider donating them to the foundation for the 2012 prom. Thank you to all who have taken the time to read this and another post will follow soon.