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Media Alert: Prom Night 2015 for Patients Living with Lupus

New York, NY—April 10, 2015



For many young women, prom night is a monumental moment in their lives. It’s a chance to get all dressed up in a beautiful gown, put on a pair of heels, choose the latest hairstyle and makeup, and spend the night dancing and laughing with friends. If you are a young woman with lupus, experiencing the pure joy of prom night isn’t always a reality. Suffering from symptoms, like fever, swollen lymph glands, rashes, fatigue, headache, and memory loss can significantly impact the day-to-day activities of these young women.


Join Hospital for Special Surgery and Project Sunshine for the event of the weekend with special guests Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham! Both organizations have partnered to host a senior prom party for 20 young women to choose a dress and jewelry for their senior prom. All of the young women participating are members of the Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)® Teen and Parent Group program at Hospital for Special Surgery. Both Miss USA and Miss Teen USA will help the young women choose a dress to take home and learn hair and makeup tips for the big night.


During the event, parents or caregivers who attend with their daughters will enjoy a spa night.


"Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy and excitement of prom night," said Melissa Flores, MPH, LMSW, Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)® Program coordinator. "HSS is honored to host such a wonderful event for our young female patients who are living with lupus."


Who: Hospital for Special Surgery and Project Sunshine


What: Prom Night for young woman HSS patients living with Lupus


Where: Hospital for Special Surgery

                Richard L. Menschel Education Center, 2nd Floor

                535 East 70th Street b/w York Ave and FDR Drive

                New York, New York 10021


When: Friday, April 10, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m.


NOTE: Media will have the opportunity to learn about lupus in addition to interview and photograph young women, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, representatives from Hospital for Special Surgery, and Project Sunshine.


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