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'Little Heroes Prom provides break from cancer treatment

Annual dance held Friday for kids battling cancer

Prom season may be a few months away, but hundreds of kids battling cancer took part in the tradition Friday night.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society held its 12th annual “Little Heroes Prom” at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade.

Officials said the celebration gives the patients one night to forget about their treatments and have fun.

“We want to make sure every child that has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness such as cancer gets to experience a night like a prom and gets to have a good time,” said Nicole Ball, patient services manager for the the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The prom’s theme was superheroes. Doctors dressed up as Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man.

Each patient was given a superhero medal as a symbolic token of their fight against cancer.

Joining the children were cancer survivors like Mikayla Burnett.

The 16-year-old has been in remission for several years after being diagnosed with cancer at age four.

“I love seeing kids have fun especially in this kind of situation,” Burnett said. “It’s just amazing to see how something like this can easily brighten up their day.”

Cancer survivor Sean Ramos attended the prom with his friends for the first time. He said, “patients fight the disease together, so why not celebrate together.”

“It's fun because most of the people here I know,” Ramos said. “It's like a big family thing because we all love each other.”

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