Erin Chance, watching her 5-year-old son, Patrick, on the dance floor, said, "This means a lot. He definitely associates the hospital with a lot of pain. His treatment is very painful and it makes him feel very bad, so to see him here and having fun with his friends, his nurses, it's great. To see him out there, healthy, energetic, just keep moving, means the world."
On the dance floor, the patients, some still attached to their IV poles, are surrounded not only by their families, but by their doctors and nurses.
Patricia Madigan, mother of 5-year-old patient Kate, said her daughter has been wearing her prom dress for two weeks.
"She slept in it last night. I have been washing it out in the sink and hanging it to dry over the tub. She's having the time of her life. And she's been out dancing. Oh, its been wonderful," Madigan said. "As a mom, seeing the treatments they go through, you know, it's hard. It's hard for them when they lose their hair, when they don't feel good, when they throw up. You know, and seeing them out here dancing like normal kids, just chokes me up. It's wonderful."
For a few fleeting hours, these children who have been through so much, in an effort to save their lives, finally get a chance to celebrate them.