Teens with Lupus Receive Encouragement from Miss USA Rima Fakih and Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford and Dance with Sports Illustrated Model Damaris Lewis at Hospital for Special Surgery

Celebrity Volunteer Appearances by Role Models Made Possible Through Project Sunshine

New York City—December 16, 2010 

Media Advisory

Young women and men living with lupus who are all members of Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)® Teen and Parent support group at Hospital for Special Surgery take center stage at their annual Holiday Talent Show. 

Project Sunshine volunteers Miss USA Rima Fakih and Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford will kick off the evening by speaking with teens who are living with lupus about having confidence as they prepare to take the stage for the talent show. Damaris Lewis, a Sports Illustrated model and Project Sunshine volunteer, led a Dance Camp for the teenagers and will perform with the ensemble. 

 “Living life with lupus can be difficult on the body, mind and spirit,” said Erica Sandoval, Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)® Program associate, who works closely counseling teens with lupus. “This event empowers young women to stay active by engaging in fun activities enjoyed by all teens.”

 “Project Sunshine is pleased to bring ‘sunshine’ to adolescents in need, by restoring a sense of normalcy and inner courage to confront daily challenges,” said Beatrice Kernan, executive director, Project Sunshine an organization that provides free services for children facing medical challenges and their family members.

DATE: Thursday, December 16, 2010
TIME: 6 -9 p.m.

Hospital for Special Surgery

Project Sunshine

Sports Illustrated Model Damaris Lewis

Miss USA Rima Fakih

Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford

WHAT: Annual Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)® Holiday Talent Show featuring teenagers living with lupus
WHERE: Hospital for Special Surgery, 2nd Fl.

Media will have the opportunity to learn about lupus and interview and photograph teenagers, celebrity guests, as well as representatives from Hospital for Special Surgery and Project Sunshine.         

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology, and No. 16 in neurology by U.S.News & World Report (2010-11), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2011, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at http://www.hss.edu/.

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