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That’s where the organizers behind “A Prom To Remember” stepped in, allowing for young cancer patients to experience the thrill of attending prom last Friday night. Members of the Miami Dolphins were happy to take part at The Ritz-Carlton on Fort Lauderdale Beach, serving as escorts to the young ladies glowing with excitement, and area beauty queens did the same for the young men.
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“It’s a great chance for kids who are going through so much more than most of us can imagine to have some fun and dance a little bit,” said Carpenter, whose wife Kaela helped organize the evening. “They get to really experience a prom atmosphere and there are some kids that had the opportunity to be here before and I know Kaela talked to somebody who had a personal friend with cancer that came to this and she said she could not stop talking about it.”
This is the third annual Prom To Remember and they’ve extended it out to the three counties this year (Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade). In all more than 200 boys and girls ranging in age from 12-16, with a few 17 and 18, attended and while they could bring dates, most came solo.
The theme of the prom was a Las Vegas one with gaming tables set up inside and there was a chocolate fountain and drinks and appetizers waiting for the kids as soon as they stepped off the red carpet. Five-star was the best way to describe the treatment delivered to the guests.
Carpenter had been following the blog of the young lady he escorted into the ballroom, Valentina, and was smiling just as big as she was upon her arrival. He hooked her hand around his right arm and got the night off to an incredible start for Valentina.
“Dan hasn’t broken out his tux since our wedding,” Kaela said. “Ryan Baker was an animal on the dance floor and the whole evening was a blast.”