"Project prom" a way to pay-it-forward for one Jacksonville woman

Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 10:39pm

April Wright started "Project Prom" to give five girls at Jacksonville High School a chance to do something she never got to do—attend her Senior prom.

The goal of “Project Prom” is the help these girls attend prom free of charge.

Wright says helping people is what motivates her, “It makes me want to get up every day and put one foot in front of the other and keep going."

Write never got the chance to attend her High School prom because she says she was always in and out of school due to her sickness. She was faced with devastating medical news when she started High School. Wright says, "When I started the ninth grade I found out that I had the brain tumor." And unfortunately that was just one of the many tumors doctors would find at April’s young body. Wright says, "There were 36 tumors in my thyroid and parathyroid glands, and last October I found out that I have nine malignant tumors in my pancreas."

Wright was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, which causes tumors to run ramped throughout her entire body. There is no cure, and she has no control over this disease.

Her sickness was debilitating her social life in high school, and she always dreamed about going to prom but since she never got the chance, she says “Project Prom” is her way of paying it forward, "I want to give that opportunity to a girl who wouldn't otherwise be able to go to prom."

April’s Mother, Opal Lewis, says April has never lets her sickness prevent her from living life or helping others. Lewis says, “The sickness that April has is a very cruel disease. It's really heartbreaking to watch your child suffer, April's suffered, she's suffered a lot but she gets up and puts one foot in front of the other, and she does want to give back… she's got the best heart."

Wright surrounds herself with reminders of what motivates her, her faith. She says that's what lead her to do this project. “I really feel like God put it on my heart to just give back to the community, to other girls."


Anyone Senior girl can apply; all you will need is A letter of recommendation written for you by a teacher or upstanding member of the community explaining why you deserve  to be involved with "Project Prom"

What do the recipients of "Project Prom" receive?
Makeup, hair, shoes, flowers, jewerly, nails and pictures by Belyse Photography will be provided for each girl.

Donations such as: dresses, shoes, jewelry, etc., are being accepted.

All referral letters must be mailed to me along with your dress and shoe size and telephone number by March 9th, 2013

Referral letters can be sent to:
Project Prom c/o April Wright
406 Angelina St.
Jacksonville, TX 75766

To donate items or offer services for "Project Prom" contact April Wright at (903) 393-4408



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