ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Prom season may be winding down for most people, but Monday night in Arlington there was a special prom for teens with chronic and life threatening illnesses. It's called the No Worries Now Prom and the event was organized by a 17-year-old senior at West Potomac High School.
"It's kind of a night for them to have no worries," said Sara Sanders, of Alexandria, Va., who hasn't even been to her own prom.
Sanders got involved with the No Worries Now foundation after one of her classmates died from a birth defect.
"I think this is so important because prom is really a milestone and it's something a lot of these teens don't normally get to go to," said Sanders.
The No Worries Now Foundation has been holding these kinds of proms in California for the last five years, but this is the first time its come to the D.C. area.
"You don't want to be special in that way, because you've had a critical illness in your family or something," said Margie Fenemore, who has two children with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome. "But after you've gone through it, it's just kind of nice to have things like this to go to."
Everything was free of charge for the roughly fifty families that were invited. Everyone involved donated their services to the event: Superb Cuisines catering, DJ Aaron Couch, and the Top of the Town venue. There were even free prom pictures with the Washington Monument as a backdrop. The only thing really different about this prom was the fact that the parents and kids took over the dance floor together.
"I feel more comfortable knowing she's here," said 14-year-old Alexis Kranwinkle who has Type-I Diabetes.
"I think it's beautiful. I'm in awe. This is amazing," said her mother, Elisa Kranwinkle, who was equally in awe with the 17-year-old high school senior who pulled it off.
"It's nothing I would have attempted when I was 17, I can guarantee you that!" said Doug Fenemore.
"I would love this event to just really grow. In Los Angeles, I know they have a couple hundred kids every year and I'd love for that to be the case in DC," said Sanders.
Next year, Sanders is off to Creighton University in Omaha where she plans to double major in health administration and medical anthropology.