What to Know
Sunday, Jan. 20
Created for young people dealing with kidney disease
Teenagers, and people just beyond their adolescent years, lead incredibly busy lives, as anyone who has a teen at home, or who happened to have been a teen at one point, knows for sure.
But what if a young person's packed schedule also included numerous medical appointments and even hospital stays? Other plans have a predictable way of being put aside when grappling with a health issue becomes essential, and even urgent.
There is, however, a yearly celebration created just for teenagers who are fighting kidney disease, and thus haven't been able to join "... pivotal social events at school."
It's the Renal Teen Prom, from the Renal Support Network, and it is open to young people between the ages of 14 to 24.
The 2019 prom has a sparkly theme — "All That Glitters" — and a celebrity guest who has made a point of stopping by over the last few years to show his support and have some fun: actor Jack Black.
The price for the prom for "attendees and one guest" is zero dollars. It's totally gratis to attend, as it has been for the past two decades.
Also gratis? The dresses that have been donated by those who support this event's big heart and big vision.
Rides to the prom are also complimentary, if the attendee lives in Los Angeles County.
And, indeed, the prom is open to dress donation, if you have a fancy prom frock to give. Find out the details now.
Prom founder Lori Hartwell missed out on some important social moments of her own youth due to kidney disease, and was thus inspired to create something truly special and uplifting for those young people going through the same journey.
The Renal Teen Prom is, above all, about "hope and survivorship," says Ms. Hartwell, important and community-strengthening concepts that everyone can take to heart.