For many teens battling cancer, being forced to skip prom because of being in the hospital or having weakened immune systems is yet another bad side effect. It’s why a number of celebrities, patients, and guests gathered for Children’s Hospital of Orange County‘s “Alice in Wonderland” themed prom on Saturday, giving patients ages 14 to 19 the chance to party — as well as to be fussed over by professional stylists and hairdressers before the big dance. And from the number of fun-filled snaps on Instagram, it’s clear the hospital’s 16th annual oncology prom was a major success.
A highlight: The patients were treated to a special surprise from actor Chad Michael Murray, who dressed up in his famous ‘Cinderella Story’ character, Austin Ames. Murray shared a clip of himself in costume from inside the dance.
“Had the amazing pleasure of attending the #CHOC Prom last night. This is one of 4 or 5 rooms they decorated. It was incredible. I brought Austin Ames out of retirement, I mean hey it’s Prom! Met the best kids & got to dance with my wife at her 1st Prom. Thank you @warnerbrosentertainment for letting me take the wardrobe out for a night. Big win- IT STILL FITS!” he captioned the short clip.
He also shared a Facebook live video before entering the event, in which he thanked Warner Bros. Entertainment once again for allowing him to wear the costume for the special night.
A number of photos taken with the celebrities in attendance were shared on Instagram. One guest posted a shot of herself smiling alongside Murray, captioning it, “Had a great time with friends and meeting new people.”
“I can’t believe this!!! Such an awesome night and an epic photo!!” the user captioned her snap on Instagram.
Austin was also photographed with numerous excited-looking attendees at the event.
There were many “Cinderella Story” fans in attendance, as evidenced by the shared snaps alongside the actor, mentioning the film in their captions.
“When you fall down the rabbit hole and feel like you’re in a Cinderella Story,” Christine Danielle, a singer, model, and cancer survivor, captioned her post.
“Down the rabbit hole for CHOC’s oncology prom, meeting Chad Michael Murray on the way. #myjobiscoolerthanyours @chadmurray15 thanks for showing up and making some of these kids (and nurse’s) night!” a nurse posted.
“Cinderella Story 2 coming soon feat. @gibgabcullen and I,” a fan captioned her photo with Murray and a friend.
“Hey look it’s Austin Ames (Chad Micheal Murray),” another guest added to a snap.
“These guys! Kicked cancer in the butt and have two of the best personalities EVER and of course SO handsome! It was an absolute honor to get a photo with them at @chocchildrens prom!” she wrote.
Many guests shared images with the actress on Instagram.
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