It’s time for the 5th annual Richmond Mom Prom! Pull out an old prom dress, bridesmaid attire, or pick something up from your local thrift store (or go all out, nobody’s gonna stop you)! Get ready for dancing, giveaways, a tacky dress contest, most glamorous award, and a prom queen will be crowned!
Tickets are $50 at the door and your ticket includes dinner and a fantastic night of dancing your socks off! All proceeds will benefit The Fanconi Anemia Research Fund in the names of three Midlothian children, Jacqueline (grade 2) and Alex Vandermeys (grade 6), and Sean McQueen (grade 8).
“Fanconi anemia (FA) is one of the inherited anemia’s that leads to bone marrow failure (aplastic anemia). It is primarily a recessive disorder: if both parents carry a defect (mutation) in the same FA gene, each of their children has a 25% chance of inheriting the defective gene from both parents. When this happens, the child will have FA. Scientists have now discovered 16 FA or FA-like genes. These genes account for over 95% of all known FA patients. Some patients do not appear to have mutations in these 16 genes, so it is anticipated that additional FA genes will be discovered in the future. FA occurs equally in males and females. It is found in all ethnic groups. The current median lifespan for a patient with FA is 33 years, although there are now patients living into their 30s, 40s and 50s. Though considered primarily a blood disease, it can affect all systems of the body. Many patients eventually develop acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at a very early age. FA patients are extremely likely to develop a variety of cancers and at a much earlier age than patients in the general population. Patients who have had a successful bone marrow transplant and are therefore cured of the blood problem associated with FA still must have regular examinations to watch for signs of cancer.”
Call up your girlfriends and make this very a very special evening for the incredible local families who have children suffering from this disease.