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Cinderella Project Creating Prom Fairy Tale

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Physical and mental disabilities have proven to be no barrier between a Waynesboro High School student and her senior prom thanks to dozens of Fairy Godmothers from the Cinderella Project.

Nicole Eddy is like any other high school senior, with a vision of prom as the most glamorous, magical night of the year. But she will arrive with two dance partners: her wheelchair and her caretaker friend, Ivy Coe.

"I can't dance without my wheelchair," said Eddy.

"Nicole wanted me to go too, so I picked out a dress," said Coe. "I'm going to dress up and go with her and it's just going to be a lot of fun."

Eddy's state funding and waivers do not leave much room for a typically pricey prom night, so they went to the Cinderella Project in the Staunton Mall.

"Jewelry, make-up has been donated," said Cinderella Project Co-Founder Rhonda Howdyshell. "I think the best part is the space this year; having this much space is just a treat, having real dressing rooms."

"She got to pick out a dress, and then got her make-up and perfume," said Coe. "So she's extremely excited."

Eddy and Coe get to choose from more than 150 donated dresses and get plenty of help primping for the big night.

"Spa pedicures and spa manicures; that's the first time we've been able to offer that," explained Howdyshell. "We hook the girls up with whatever we have."

Eddy is among 200 Cinderellas, and Prince Charmings, who have come through the program since it began seven years ago.

"In one day we had over a hundred dresses donated," said recalled Howdyshell. "And, those are the kind of successes that people don't create, God creates."

Eddy chose black and green for her prom dress and is planning dinner at a Waynesboro steakhouse before the dance. The Cinderella Project will also help her prep for graduation, now just a month away.

Reported by Ken Slack
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