SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida teenagers unable to attend a traditional prom on account of critical sicknesses had been handled to their very own prom parade that allowed them to journey the world from the consolation of their vehicles.
7News cameras captured a golf cart full of Broward Health patients as they drove by festive shows in Sunrise, Sunday afternoon.
“I don’t know what I’m expecting out here, but I’m told it’s going to be fun, especially the singing. He likes music,” mentioned Linda Olds, affected person Joshua Olds’ mom.
The occasion featured a reside in-car selection present with 11 pavilions, every representing completely different areas and areas from round the globe.
“We brought together different performers, different vendors, to make sure that every aspect of the prom is going to be exactly what they would hope for,” mentioned Broward Health Medical Center CEO Heather Havericak.
Broward Health partnered with the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation to deliver this particular “Around the World” prom to those patients.
“The Joy in Childhood Foundation has been in its inception since 2006,” mentioned Kristena Hart, Operations Director of Dunkin’ Brands. “Since then, we have been fortunate, through the support of the brand, our guests and our incredible franchisees, to donate over $30 million across the country to nonprofits, to children’s hospitals and to food banks.”
The particular celebration went a good distance in serving to the teenagers neglect their struggles, if solely for a day.
They’ve put up with distant studying and actions getting cancelled due to the pandemic. Havericak mentioned giving these patients a possibility to expertise one thing completely different after a year of isolation is an enormous deal.
“This has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, but especially for teens who have chronic illnesses,” mentioned Havericak. “They’re more at risk for developing complications related to to different infections and especially for COVID-19. That’s put even more social isolation on them, and it’s caused them to be away from some of the things that they love most.”
Because these patients are at the next threat for COVID-19 an infection and problems, their households have needed to take further care to stop publicity over the previous year.
“It’s been pretty boring, really. I miss, like, going, like I miss traveling,” mentioned Joshua Olds, who’s on the autism spectrum.
“I’m sure he wanted to go out, because the pandemic has done a number on everyone,” mentioned his mom, “but for children living with autism and special needs, it’s very difficult, particularly in the area of social interaction.”
In complete, 75 patients from Broward Health and their households attended the occasion.
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