For most teenagers, senior prom is the pinnacle of their high school experience. Girls, especially, love nothing more than getting primped and dolled up for the momentous occasion. For 18-year-old Khadija
, who is diagnosed with Lymphoma, her excitement for the big day was tempered by worries, given the difficulties she had faced during the past year. In the midst of her most intense chemotherapy, Make-A-Wish®
entered Khadija’s life, offering her the opportunity of a lifetime. Within the blink of an eye, Khadija’s dream-come-true prom experience became a reality.
Khadija had always envisioned her prom night to be a spectacular occasion. She says that senior prom, in particular, means so much to her because, “It’s the perfect way to end senior year.
All year, I have gotten so close with all my classmates, and it has been such an incredible senior year. The prom is the perfect ending celebration, and I couldn’t wait for it to happen. It’s the big finale!”
Yet, prom wouldn’t be prom without the perfect dress, or in Khadija’s case, dresses! She decided that her dream prom night would include both a gorgeous dress for the prom, and an additional dress for the after party. Khadija spent hours searching online until she found two dresses that she absolutely loved! For the prom, she picked a one strap, silver sequined gown; while for the after party, she chose a long sleeve, backless, black sparkly dress. No outfit is complete without accessories! Khadija decided on a sparkle theme for the special night. Then, to top off the entire outfit, she slipped into a pair of elegant silver crystal heels! She looked and felt like a princess.
The final touch, of course, included perfectly coiffed hair and makeup! Picked up in a limousine, Khadija was whisked away to a Manhattan salon to have her hair and makeup professionally done. She felt extremely special – and gorgeous – as the experts worked their magic on her.
The most exciting part of the entire night for Khadija was the photographer awaiting her at the salon. She felt like a movie star! Photos were taken throughout the entire getting-ready process. Then, the photographer took Khadija to Central Park where they had a complete photo shoot! “I felt so lucky to be able to have had a professional photographer take pictures of me -- it was truly unbelievable. I felt so special and so glamorous,
” Khadija tells us.
Khadija and her date were taken to prom in a limousine provided by Make-A-Wish®. Khadija danced the night away. “I loved dancing with all my friends – it was the best,” she says. What completed her perfect prom night experience were the many compliments she received. “Everyone came up to me and complimented my dress, saying how beautiful it was. It was awesome!”
Khadija couldn’t be more thankful to Make-A-Wish for making her prom night one of the most memorable experiences in her life. She says, “It was one of the best memories I have. It was the best prom that I could have ever dreamed of. Make-A-Wish really did wonders for me – they helped me in a way I didn’t believe was possible. They truly made my wish come true. They let me see that I should never give up, and to always have hope!”
Wish story writer: Victoria Senter