This story is a tribute to a 16-year-old girl 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 a prom dress, a dark blue gown that she loved very much. Even though she was a little frail, she still stepped out wearing the same dress with the date of her dreams which made her day even more eventful.
Have a look at the story below to see what happened to this beautiful girl from Arlington, Massachusetts. Wherever Catherine is now, 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 cancer and was not sure if she could 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 mind was unaffected by any fear of the disease.
According to her mother Jennifer Goodwin, She turned to her 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 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 as well. Amazing, isn't it?
Catherine was admitted to Boston Children's Hospital on August 2, where she died, less than a year after her diagnosis.
After that, her four close friends honored 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 was next worn by Emma Schambers to the East Greenwich High School senior prom in Rhode Island on May 13, followed by Lauren Hourican, who wore it to Arlington's senior prom on May 20 of that year. And, Carly Blau wore 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
Her mother has received requests from friends who wanted to claim it for next year, and from a cousin as well.
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