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January 22, 2013

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Kids’ prom honors cancer patient

BROWNSBURG — Aiden Spoor loves to dance. And he especially loves to dance for his fellow cancer patients at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.

Aiden’s love of dancing and having fun spurred his mother, Jen Spoor, to action. She, with the help of many others, has organized a “kids’ prom” for local families.

“This will be a very family-oriented evening,” Spoor said. “It will be for any family that would like to participate.”

She said knowing your child has cancer changes a parent’s perspective.

“You learn that family time is so very important,” she said. “We all need to slow down all the hustle and bustle and do more things as a family. And this is something a family can come and experience together.”

She said, “Aiden loves to dance and show off for the other kids at the hospital. The kids who are in the clinic together never really get together for fun. This is one way we can do that. And invite other people to come and have fun with us. No chemo — just a fun way to celebrate.”

During the evening, there will be games, photos, and a prom court.

“We’re going to have little princes and princesses,” she said. “They will all be patients from Peyton Manning (Hospital).”

The Spoors live in Brownsburg and have come to know many families dealing with cancer. Aiden Spoor is a second-grader and attends a Brownsburg school.

“He really is an amazing boy,” Spoor said. “He’s carried us through this.”

She said her son is doing very well medically, and is keeping up with his school work.

“He hasn’t missed hardly any days,” she said. “We’re in a maintenance phase of his treatment. We just got done with nine months of the rough stuff.”

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