Child cancer patients, survivors attend special ‘prom’ event

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It was a special night out for dozens of New Jersey families whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer.

The “Little Heroes Prom” was held in New Brunswick Friday night. It was sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It was the first time it was held in New Jersey.

The prom was held for both survivors of the disease as well as those currently battling cancer – like 11-year-old Trevor.

"When my mom told me I was diagnosed with leukemia I thought it was a joke,” Trevor says.

Trevor says he had to grow up fast, which is why a night of distractions, like the “Little Hero Prom,” is so welcomed.

"2018 has been going good so far. 2017 is pretty much another bad year because I spent Christmas and the new year in the hospital,” he says.

Leah is celebrating a milestone – five years since her bone marrow transplant. She is now in remission.

"It was pretty scary but I did what I had to do and now it’s over,” she says.

But her mother says the fear never goes away and that she is thankful.

Leah’s mother says she hopes the event helps raise some money. Officials say only 4 percent of federal cancer funding goes to children. She says that the children need help.

The event was free thanks to the Blood Cancer Society and other sponsors. Families affected by childhood cancer can spend on average $35,000 out of pocket.

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