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IN People ON 24 Apr, 2016
This story is a tribute to 16-year-old Catherine Malatesta and her last prom dress which she wore with great enthusiasm despite her sickness. This story is capturing the hearts of millions of people around the globe and is popularly known as 'The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Prom Dress'.
What made her story so special is her group of friends who reincarnated her last moments of happiness by picking her prom dress. Have a look at the story below to see what happened to this beautiful girl.
Wherever Catherine is, we are sure she will be proud of her friends and will be happy about this heart touching tribute.
She was a brave girl who was dealing with the last stage of her cancer and was not sure if she can make it to her Prom or not. Like every other girl, she was excited about it and wanted to enjoy every moment of her prom.
Her mother Jennifer Goodwin said, "She turned to me and said, 'Mom, for the first time in a long time, I actually feel beautiful.'" This was a happy day for her and her family. Her mother further added "It was such a lovely moment and I was so happy that she felt like that for one day. It was a special, special night for all of us."
She wore a gorgeous dark blue gown and braided updo for this prom. She attended this prom with her dance date with whom she enjoyed every moment and created amazing memories.
Catherine was an incredible student, a hard worker, she was kind and quick to give a compliment, Goodwin said. She was giving and prepared, the kind of student who not only made the study guide but shared it with everyone as well.
She was busy with activities, including riding crew and playing field hockey. It was towards the end of the fall 2014 field hockey season when she felt shoulder pain that she thought was a sports injury.
But in December of that year, she was diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma after doctors found a tumor under her armpit. Then they discovered that cancer had spread to her lungs and spine.
Catherine kept up a positive attitude and persevered through chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy. She attended school when she could, went on several college tours and appeared in the school play last spring. Amazing isn't it?
Now, four close friends are honoring her memory by wearing the blue gown to their own proms, a loving tribute that Goodwin calls "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prom Dress."
Jillian Danton grew up with Catherine in Arlington, and they played ice hockey and field hockey together. She said "l definitely felt her with me the whole time and it was an experience I wouldn't trade for anything in the world, It's an extra memory of her that I have to hold on to."
The gown will next be worn by Emma Schambers to the East Greenwich High School senior prom in Rhode Island on May 13, followed by Lauren Hourican, who will wear it to Arlington's senior prom on May 20. Carly Blau is to wear it to the Beverly High School senior prom on June 2.
Her mother said "For a parent who has lost a child, the hardest part is you think people are going to forget about them, It's important for the parent to keep that spirit alive. The fact that this group of girls wants to do this on their own just helps me to grieve and helps me to move forward." By this move, they are feeling as if their daughter is back.
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