Young Women with Kidney Disease at Miller Children’s Hospital Get the Royal Treatment

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Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach patient, gets zipped up in a prom dress for the Renal Teen Prom

In conjunction with the Renal Support Network (RSN), young women with kidney disease at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach were given prom dresses for the 11th annual RSN Renal Teen Prom. RSN brought two clothing racks filled with eclectic prom dresses for five teen girls to choose from for this year’s Renal Teen Prom.

A conference room at Miller Children’s was transformed into an elegant dressing room for the girls to “shop” through the selection to pick their special prom dress.

Evening gowns for the young women to keep are donated by RSN to make sure that everyone at the Renal Teen Prom feels special. “Many families are challenged by the high financial costs of chronic illness medication and care, and a pretty prom dress is often out of the question,” says Heidi Lesemann of the Renal Support Network.

A teen patient at Miller Children’s tries on a dress provided by the Renal Support Network for the Renal Teen Prom.

The Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides non-medical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). Since 2000, the RSN Annual Renal Teen Prom has given young ladies ages 14 to 24 who are on dialysis, pre-dialysis or who have a transplant from throughout Southern California the chance to interact with their peers and a chance to enjoy being young.

“We are so thankful that the Renal Support Network donated these dresses for our patients,” says Irene Hoffman, RN, pediatric renal center, Miller Children’s. “It means so much to our girls and they are always excited for the prom and now they can feel extra special.”

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