Prom held in SF for cancer teens


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Sara Rupnow, a cancer patient, doesn't have much hair to style and her prosthetic leg makes it tough to dance, but she eagerly got ready for the prom.

"It's really fun. I haven't gotten [my hair] done or gotten it cut in a long time," said Sara.

Sara was invited to a prom in San Francisco for teenagers with cancer or other life threatening illnesses. She joined a group of other patients and their friends at the beauty shop to get gussied up for the event.

"I didn't sleep at all last night, I was so excited, so now I'm just really anxious," said Samantha Ashburn, a cancer survivor.

The man behind this idea is a teenager himself. Nineteen-year-old Freddie Scarf, with the Shiri Foundation, lost his best friend to cancer, before they got to go to the prom together.

"It's to give teens an opportunity to go to prom and just to give them hope," said Freddie.

Some of these teens didn't get to their own prom because they were in treatment or like Sara they went but didn't feel like they fit in. However, at Friday's party Sara and her friends were immediately surrounded by some very cute boys.

"We didn't even work on it. It just kind of happened," Sara said giggling.

A party like this would usually cost about $20,000, but when the vendors like the Regency Center and the caterer heard what it was for, they started slashing their prices and it ended up costing only $6,000.

"It takes a lot of pressure off to be able to come to a dance with people who have all experienced something like this," said Sara.

She didn't let her prosthetic leg get in the way of dancing. Watching Sara on the dance floor, you would never know she has synovial sarcoma -- an incurable cancer. She just looks like a teenager having fun, flirting with boys, and for now that's exactly how she likes it.

Shiri Foundation

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