Patients get a “Passport to Adventure” at Riley Cancer Center Prom

Dr. Terry Vik crowned Prom King
Dr. Terry Vik crowned Prom King

All too often children undergoing cancer treatments cannot stray too far from home, but at this year’s fifth annual Riley Cancer Center Prom patients and families from Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health will be swept away to some of the world’s most exciting places. Themed “Passport to Adventure” the Prom takes place, Friday, May 2. Although the Riley Cancer Center Prom is a cherished event that draws excitement on its own, new components at this year’s event will ensure the Prom experience reaches new heights. 

A whole new world
More than 350 Riley Hospital for Children patients, family members and staff will be transported to thrilling and exotic locales around the world:

  • A New York cityscape, complete with the Empire State building crafted from balloons.
  • A candy bar set in China stocked with treats and takeout boxes.
  • Endless dancing in Morocco under an Arabian tent.
  • Relaxation and serenity in the Arctic where guests can cool off and rest their “Happy Feet.”

Manicures and a “man cave”
No Prom is complete without a styled look so patients and family members have booked complimentary hair, make-up, and manicure appointments at the “Riley Day Spa.” Spa guests will be pampered in the hours leading up to the main event. Upon arrival, attendees will feel like they are actually visiting a luxury spa as they walk into rooms draped with pink tulle and large silver mirrors. For the boys and fathers, the Day Spa offers a “man cave” with video games and activities while they wait patiently for their “dates” to complete their beauty treatments. 

A community of support
Many sponsors have stepped forward to make everyone feel special, providing everything from beauty products and professional services to gourmet popcorn and cake pops. 

On April 10 and 11, patients and siblings visited “Promingdale’s sponsored by PwC,” where personalized shoppers helped them select their dream outfits. More than 1,000 donated dresses, tuxedos, shoes, purses, jewelry and other accessories lined the shelves. 

Women for Riley, Riley Cancer Center, and Riley Children’s Foundation partner in this special initiative for children. Women for Riley is a volunteer and giving circle of approximately 100 women dedicated to making life better for children treated at Riley Hospital.

Each year, approximately 240 children are diagnosed with cancer in Indiana, and 85 percent of those children turn to Riley Hospital for nationally ranked, comprehensive care. Children who have been treated for cancer during the past year have been invited to embark on this “Passport to Adventure” cruise around the world with entertainment, dancing, food and fun.  

In honor of patients attending Riley Cancer Center Prom the community can support pediatric cancer research at RileyKids.org.    

WHAT: Riley Cancer Center Prom 
WHEN: Friday, May 2 
WHERE: Riley Day Spa (2-4 p.m.)
Riley Hospital Outpatient Center
Conference Rooms A and B (lower level)
702 Barnhill Drive
Indianapolis, IN  46202

Riley Cancer Center Prom (5-8 p.m.)
Fairbanks Hall
1st Floor
304 W. 10th St. 
Indianapolis, IN 46202

MEDIA NOTES:
• Events provide an excellent environment to focus on a specific patient story.
• Riley Cancer Center Prom welcomes media through 6:30 p.m.
• Please contact and confirm attendance with Jason Mueller or Kate Burnett at Riley Children’s Foundation.
• View b-roll footage from the 2013 Riley Cancer Center Prom and Promingdale’s.

About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit RileyKids.org. 

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