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Dell Children's fighters and survivors prep for prom

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Dell Children's Medical Center is preparing to host prom for current and former patients for the 5th year.

"Ever since the last one ended to be honest," smiled Sabrina Flores, 16,  as she recalled how long she's looked forward to Dell prom.

She's not alone. Oshliana Stewart, 15, feels the same way. "I had a great time and am looking forward to reliving the experience all over," Stewart said. Both girls sat down in salon chairs at the Aveda Institute Austin for a pre prom consultation. They'll go back to get ready for the big night.

"When they heard we were doing it again we literally had 200 percent too many students sign up to give these children the time they needed," Ian Bess said. He's an educator with Aveda and knows how special these clients are.

It's not just any prom. "My high school prom was awesome but at Dell's you feel more comfortable," Flores said. "What's different is getting to be around kids that are like you and have been through what you have been through," Stewart said.

The guest list is for fighters, survivors and their friends. Parents are not allowed. Several different organizations pitch in to make the night free for all of the teens. "A lot of people come together to make it happen and to hear the girls and boys and their moms so excited. It's heartwarming," said Cindy Fitzpatrick with Dell Children's Blood and Cancer Center.

Stewart has been cancer free for three years. Her fight left doctors with no choice but to amputate part of her leg.

Flores spent five months in the ICU last year after being diagnoses with a rare blood disorder. She finished 40 weeks of chemotherapy in April and has recovered but will live with the disorder for the rest of her life.

Both girls have big plans and dreams. Stewart is training for the paralympics and Flores plans to graduate early from high school. They will shine and dance the night away with all the other prom kings and queens at Dell Children's.

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