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'Unforgettable Prom' gives kids with cancer a night to remember

11th annual event is Friday night at Balboa Park
Posted at 11:14 AM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 14:14:19-04

SAN DIEGO - For the 11th straight year, kids battling cancer can forget their troubles for one night and feel normal again.

The "Unforgettable Prom" is Friday night at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, and the event is put on by the Friends of Scott Foundation, a charity group that works with kids with cancer.

The foundation honors Scott Delgadillo, who lost his battle to cancer in 2001. He had been fighting acute lymphocytic leukemia for more than a year.

His family started the foundation, and the prom, to honor his memory.

"I'm super excited," said 15-year-old Aldo Aguilar, who has a form of brain cancer known as astrocytoma.

"He's so happy," said Aldo's mother Whendolin. "It's his first time going to the prom. It's a dream come true."

The prom is free for the kids, even their tuxedos and dresses are donated. For the girls, they get a full day of dress shopping, provided by The Princess Project.

Aldo asked a friend from church to be his date. He said after losing his sight a year ago and fighting cancer for most of his life, he wasn't nervous at all about the "prom-posal."

"I brought her some roses, and I made a sign. It said, 'Do you want to go to prom with me?' She said yes," said Aldo.

It's experiences like that which help the kids forget their diagnoses and feel like a healthy teen again.