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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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About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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