TUCSON (Jan. 31, 2023) – Diamond Children’s Medical Center will announce two patients to be named its prom king and queen during the Thursday, February 2 University of Arizona men’s basketball game against Oregon. Two members of the Diamond Children’s Child Life team will be honored at the beginning of the game for their work providing therapeutic services and support to children and families at Diamond Children’s.
Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, Diamond Children’s will host a prom on March 4 for its teen patients in Southern Arizona who are battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The prom will be held at Arizona Stadium with the theme of “Let’s Glow.” Under neon lights, teens will enjoy a silent disco, arcade games, give-away prizes, kid-style food, and special guests. The crowning of the Diamond Children’s prom king and queen during the basketball game is an effort to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the special needs of these teens facing life-threatening illness.
The hospital expects more than 70 teens to attend the prom, providing an opportunity for them to experience this high school tradition that they might otherwise miss due to illness, infection concerns, or hospitalization. Most of those attending the prom are at higher risk for infection and complications, so extra care will be taken to prevent exposure.
To help ensure that Diamond Children’s can continue hosting a prom for its patients each year, the Banner Health Foundation has created the Diamond Children’s prom fund and invites the Tucson community to learn how their contributions can help: http://give.bannerhealth.com/diamondprom
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s mission is to provide the simple joys of childhood to kids and teens when they need it most, like when they are living with an illness. The Dunkin’ Joy in Foundation sponsored the first Diamond Children’s prom in 2022 and has been a generous supporter of Banner Children’s programs for several years.
Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center provides pediatric care for children, from newborns to teens. Services include emergency care, heart disorders, traumatic brain injury, autism and developmental disorders, cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders, neurological problems, orthopedics, intensive care needs and more. It is the only pediatric medical facility in Arizona connected to an academic research facility — the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center — where physician-scientists provide access to groundbreaking science and research to advance children’s health. For more information, visit bannerhealth.com/diamondchildrens.