GLENDALE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Harry Potter series costumed characters including Dumbledore, a fortune teller Madam Nephron the Great on duty with lighted crystal ball, and gold and silver arm tattoo/bands and glittery Harry Potter glasses frames were just a few of attractions guests enjoyed at the Renal Support Network's Teen Prom. Held at the Glendale Hilton on Sunday, January 15. RSN's 18th Annual Prom for young people who are coping with chronic kidney disease was a magical evening for all! Peer support aren't mysterious potions: it clearly helps young people with kidney disease carry on!
Movie star Jack Black, a long-time RSN supporter, arrived to meet and take photos with all the prom guests, and later entertained the crowd. DJ Sweet Baby J inspired the young dancers, PRG Lighting's moving colors and spinning globes gave the room an air of exciting mystery, a Dashing Events photo booth gave guests an opportunity to memorialize the evening, magician The Great Omar entertained, and kidney donor / ABC Eyewitness News Anchor Philip Palmer spoke on stage about his decision to donate a kidney to a colleague.
RSN Founder Lori Hartwell, the prom's organizer, thanked all the volunteers who work behind the scenes to make the event happen. She spoke about her early experiences with kidney disease when she was without peer social support, which led her to organize the prom, and told young guests, "You can make a difference by reaching out to your peers and encouraging them!"
Meghna Verma, 24, was at the prom with friend Jeimmy Spoelstre, who donated a kidney for Meghna's transplant three years ago. They both went to California Baptist University, but Meghna's health situation interrupted her education. Jeimmy graduated, got married two months ago, and Meghna was her maid of honor. Now Meghna is back in college and plans to major in Health Science. "I'm just following my 'bestie' all over the world," she said. "I plan to go into nephrology."
These stories and so many others prove that support from peers, family, friends, and care providers demystify the future and encourage young people living with kidney disease to pursue their dreams and destiny. Thanks to RSN and all of its supporters for a "spellbound" evening!
RSN is a nonprofit organization that provides nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.RSNhope.org.
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SOURCE Renal Support Network