More than 150 people — made up of children with cancer and their families — are expected to attend the sixth annual Parker’s Prom at Children’s Hospital Central California on Saturday, making it the biggest ever.
The first Parker’s Prom was held in 2007 with about 50 attendees.
It was named for Parker Bockhop, a 6-year-old Chowchilla boy who was treated for cancer and had two bone marrow transplants at Children’s Hospital.
“My son was sitting next to me getting his treatments and a nurse was telling us about proms they had in Chicago and New York City for cancer kids,” said Parker’s mom, Liz Bockhop. “She wanted to start it here but didn’t know how to get the funding. I was a Lions Club member at the time so maybe that’s why she came to me. I said I would think about it, but then Parker talked about it all the way home. He told me we had to do it. All the way home he was planning the prom.” ...