It's being called the sisterhood of the traveling dress, and it all started with one very special girl. Today reports that last year, 16-year-old Catherine Malatesta slipped into a dark blue gown and told her mom, "for the first time in a long time, I actually feel beautiful."
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Catherine's mom, Jennifer Goodwin, recalled the night through tears to Today saying, "It was such a lovely moment and I was so happy that she felt like that for one day. It was a special, special night for all of us." 

According to Today, the high school junior was battling stage 4 cancer and had been released from the hospital just to spend the night at the prom. Be sure to check out the photos she took below.

And that night would remain one of the best of her life, because just a few days after the May 29 prom, Catherine was admitted to Boston Children's Hospital, where she later died on August 2nd.

But now according to Today, Catherine's memory is living on in her dress, thanks to four close friends. In her honor, two friends from her hometown of Arlington, Mass., and two she knew from camp in New Hampshire are wearing the blue gown to their own proms.

Jillian Danton, who grew up with Catherine in Arlington told Today, "I definitely felt her with me the whole time and it was an experience I wouldn't trade for anything in the world," Jillian said, tearing up. "It's an extra memory of her that I have to hold on to."


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