Community helps send South Jersey teen to prom

- A South Jersey teen going through a difficult time while her mom battles cancer is having a senior prom she'll never forget. It's all thanks to her very own fairy prom mother and the community. 

It's that one night of the year—senior year in high school—no books or teachers just young adults dressed to the nines getting ready for prom. This 17-year-old senior wouldn't be here if not for a community effort.

"My friends would ask me what's wrong and stuff and I wouldn't tell them only my best friend I told her. I kept everything to myself and one day I just let it out," Makaila  McNear said.

"I'm usually the breadwinner last year I couldn't do it all," her mom, Markita, said. "I was diagnosed with breast cancer."
A diagnosis that sidetracked the McNear family and their finances and Makaila wasn't planning on prom or anything else and then came local business owner Tiarra Louis-Jean.

"I want to help somebody go to prom this year and then everybody started to say I want to donate this so I can help with that and we just went from there," she said.

Makaila's aunt contacted Tiarra when she heard about the prom giveaway.


"When I read her story, it really touched me and it's something I always wanted to do," Tiarra said.

Tiarra owns a hair salon and she put together a glam team, plus she got someone else to donate the gown and accessories.

"I was excited I was telling my friends I'm going to the prom I'm going to have a make up my make up done and all that stuff I was really hype,"  Makaila said. "I want to thank everybody for helping me."

Her mom said, " I was just thankful for Tiara, her family and friends and it's a blessing for reala true blessing for real."

Good news to report, Makaila's mom is now in remission. 
 

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