Like most sixteen-year-old girls, Catherine Malatesta had dreams of attending her prom. But after being diagnosed with stage IV cancer less than a year earlier, those dreams were quickly fading. And although she had become very weak during her treatments, she was absolutely overjoyed when she was released from the hospital the day before the big dance.
Wearing a midnight blue sparkly gown with her blonde hair styled in a sophisticated braided updo, Catherine attended the glittery event with prom date, Peter Clifford.
Her mother Jennifer Goodwin told Today: ‘Mom, for the first time in a long time, I actually feel beautiful.’ 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.”
But things took a turn for the worse when Catherine was readmitted to the hospital several days after the prom.
Catherine, 16, Was Diagnosed With Stage IV Cancer
After Battling The Disease Less Than A Year, She Made It Her Goal To Attend Her Prom
Her Wish Came True And She Felt Beautiful
Catherine In Happier Times With Her Parents, Two Brothers And The Family Dog
After several months in the hospital, Catherine lost her battle with cancer. Wanting to find a way to honor their dear friend, Catherine’s bffs Jillian, Emma, Lauren and Carly came up with the idea that her mom nicknamed “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prom Dress.” Each friend said they will take turns wearing Catherine’s dress to their formal dances in the years to come.
Said Jennifer to Today: “They’re carrying Catherine’s spirit with them,” she added. “She will forever be a part of their hearts and souls but wearing the dress is an outward physical acknowledgment of that love.”
When Catherine Complained Of Shoulder Pain While Playing Field Hockey, She Thought It Was A Just A Sports Injury
She Was Diagnosed With Epithelioid Sarcoma, Which Started As A Tumor In Her Armpit But Spread To Her Spine And Lungs
Her Friend Carly Plans To Wear Her Dress
Emma Is Committed To Wearing Catherine’s Dress To Honor Her Late Friend
Catherine And Friend Lauren, Who Also Plans To Wear The Dress
Jillian Wore Her Dress And Cherishes The Memories Of Her Friend Catherine