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Parker’s Prom sees largest turnout in 6 years of event

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Girls in sparkling dresses and suited boys ate, played, danced and spent time with family, friends and volunteers at the sixth annual Parker’s Prom.

About 150 people filled a banquet room on Saturday at Children’s Hospital Central California.

The prom started with the help of Parker Bockhop, a 6-year-old Chowchilla boy who was treated for cancer and had two bone marrow transplants at the hospital. Parker heard about children’s proms held in hospitals in other states from a nurse and encouraged his mother to help put one on locally.

“My wife started it with my son six years ago. They were at the clinic, and he was 6 years old, and he was in his weekly treatment and one of the nurses came in and talked about it,” said Troy Bockhop...


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