Media Alert: Prom Night 2015 for Patients Living with Lupus

New York, NY—April 10, 2015


Elyse Bernstein
(212) 606-7258

Kristin Freeman
(212) 606-1139

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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About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. 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


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