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Special prom at Children's Healthcare

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Patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta chose prom dresses. (Photo by Kaitlyn Pratt/myfoxatlanta) Patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta chose prom dresses. (Photo by Kaitlyn Pratt/myfoxatlanta)

Children battling serious illnesses will get a chance to enjoy a special night thanks to the generosity of a local charity.

Prom got underway at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Saturday. Volunteers worked on Friday to transform an Egleston campus conference room into something they hope is magical.

The pint-sized patients have plenty of options of what to wear thanks to Becca's Closet in Atlanta. The shop provides the outfits for free.

"They say, 'Wooooow.' Some of them never went to a prom before," said Jody Franco of Becca's Closet.

Madison Baxter, 13, and her younger sister Autumn, 11, are undergoing treatments for cystic fibrosis.  They wanted to keep the dresses they picked a surprise for the big night.

"I tried them all on and finally decided to go with a black and white one. It looked really good on me," said Madison.

Some patients are too weak or too contagious to come down to prom and be under the stars. Organizers, though, are still making them feel special; they will dress up in their hospital rooms.

"She takes horseback lessons and was thrown from a horse, so she can't get out of bed.  She likes pink and horses, so here we go," said

The courage and resilience displayed in the dressing room left organizers humbled.

"It makes me cry. I have the children here wearing masks, they have the ports, Franco said. "I feel lucky to be here. There's no words to describe it."

The prom will be held on Saturday.

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