St. Jude patients enjoy fun-filled Teen Formal

Peter Barta and Seth Dixon

St. Jude patients, siblings and their dates dressed up in style this month for the annual Teen Formal. With a theme of “Supernatural Starry Nights,” the event featured a DJ, food prepared by St. Jude chefs and a group dance to the timeless classic “Thriller.”

Before the big night began, the teens got special salon treatment. Girls had their hair, make-up and nails done while the boys prepped their tuxedoes. The party-goers filed into stretch limousines for the short ride to the hospital’s campus, where they were greeted by cheering employees lining a red-carpet entrance.

Each year, St. Jude hosts prom for adolescent patients undergoing treatment for cancer or other life-threatening diseases to help foster a sense of normalcy during otherwise challenging circumstances.