Teens With Cancer Get Their 'Quinceañera' In Nicaragua, Dance Partners Included

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For many a teenage girl in Latin America, a "quinceañera" party is a cherished rite of passage, a traditional coming-out celebration for 15-year-olds.

Not all families can afford the colorful gowns and other niceties for such parties, though. So for each of the past five years, Nicaragua's Association of Mothers and Fathers of Children with Cancer and Leukemia has put on a quinceañera for girls from poor, rural families — teens who have the added burden of dealing with cancer.

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