Annual Renal Teen Prom

Renal Teen Prom

With the theme, "An Evening Among the Stars," the next Renal Teen Prom will be held on Sunday Jan 14th, 2007. The event is always held during the long weekend encompassing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. By holding the event on a Sunday, there are no dialysis schedules to conflict with the event, and the teens do not have to go to school the next day.

The Renal Teen Prom is a free event for teenagers and young adults with kidney disease. Set in the style of a senior prom, this gala draws more than 300 “kidney teens,” their guests, and volunteers from throughout Southern California, with kidney teens now attending from as far as Arizona, Texas, and Canada.

The Renal Teen Prom is held on the campus of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb.

The teens are treated to a night of dancing and entertainment, dinner and hors d’oeuvres (renal-friendly), limousine rides, glamour photos taken in a studio setting, and visits by Hollywood celebrities. They also are given the chance to discover that one friend can make a difference!

Unlike most high school proms, the Renal Teen Prom can be attended year after year. As such, to many of the returning guests the prom has become a reunion of friends. These friendships have proven to be particularly valuable to those teens who are on dialysis: As these teens transition into treatment in adult dialysis units, the friendships made as a result of the prom allow them to still feel connected with others in their age group who are experiencing similar health-related situations.

Although a single night of dancing and socializing cannot make up for all the lost experiences that CKD patients will encounter, it will show these young people—some for the first time—that they can live a fulfilling, successful life despite their kidney problems. One of the key ingredients for living that type of life is to connect with others who understand what they’re going through.

RSN’s Renal Teen Prom provides young kidney patients the opportunity to interact with their peers, some of whom will become lifelong friends, and to share their experiences, strengths, and hopes in a non-medical setting. This is their night to have what no young person should miss... the chance to enjoy being young.

The Renal Teen Prom has become one of California’s most inspirational news stories, with live broadcasts from the prom appearing throughout the night on Los Angeles-area newscasts. A special on the prom was featured on Lifetime Television, and a young girl who attended the 2005 prom wrote about her experience in a recent issue of Teen Magazine.

For more information on this, and other kidney-related support, visit the Renal Support Network.