Patients at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital celebrated this year’s prom by dancing through the decades. Celebrity guests, including University of Oklahoma football offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley and his wife, Caitlin, escorted patients in the Complex Care Unit and the Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation Unit to the dance.
“It’s a great memory for these kids. Most of us have had a prom, so it’s awesome the patients get to have one here,” said Coach Riley. “Everybody has been thanking us for coming, but it’s a blast for us. We love being around this facility. You just feel great every time you walk through the doors at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.”
Coach Riley’s wife, Caitlin, also helped patients with their hair and makeup before the dance. Caitlin said helping the girls get ready for the big dance was a huge honor. “It’s always fun as a girl to get to dress-up and put makeup on. It was probably more fun for me than them, but what a special time,” said Caitlin Riley. “It’s neat to be a part of prom. You can tell it’s a special day for everybody.”
The theme of this year’s prom was “Dancing through the Decades.” Prom gives patients a chance to enjoy the same school activities their peers get to experience. Former and current OU and Oklahoma State University football players, as well as Oklahoma pageant queens, also accompanied the patients to prom. During the dance, a prom king and queen were crowned. Families were on hand to take pictures of their children in their prom dresses and tuxedos.
“All the patients here at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital have had some sort of tough thing happen in their lives, so to see how they bounce back and handle every single day with a smile on their face is an inspiration to us,” said Coach Riley.
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