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For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2017
Media Contact:
Lidia Amoretti


"A Night at the Oscars” organized by local high school student and Holtz Children’s palliative care nurse

Holtz Children’s Hospital patients and their guests; prom organizers Isabella Allen and Kim Juanico; student volunteers from Miami Country Day School; doctors, nurses, and other staff from Holtz Children’s


Teenage patients from Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center will enjoy a break from being compassionately examined, poked and prodded during the “A Night at the Oscars” Prom Friday night. Patients and their dates will walk down the red carpet, and will have their photos taken by paparazzi.

The fourth annual event at Holtz Children’s is being organized by Isabella Allen, a sophomore at Miami Country Day School, and Kim Juanico, RN, BSN, CHPPN, pediatric palliative care nurse coordinator at Holtz Children’s. Kim is the founder of People In Crisis United, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and their families at our children’s hospital.

Teen girls and boys were invited to choose their prom attire from hundreds dresses, suits, shoes, and accessories donated by Jackson Health System employees. Stylists from Beauty Schools of America and Crowns for Charity will offer the girls the opportunity to have their hair and makeup professionally done at Jackson Memorial Hospital before the prom.

Each young patient and their guest will experience everything a normal high school prom has to offer – dancing, food, photos and more.

“Many teen patients at Holtz missed their own high school proms because they were hospitalized,” said Juanico, one of the event’s organizers. “We want to give them a night they will always remember – and a chance to feel like a teenager and not a patient.”

Those who will attend the prom have suffered from varying medical conditions, including cancer, neurological disorders, traumas and transplants, and some are terminally ill.

When: April 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

Jackson Memorial Hospital
Clark Diagnostic Treatment Center, room 270
Corner of Northwest 12th Avenue and 19th Street
Miami, FL 33136

Editor's Note:

Any media interested in filming the girls getting their hair and makeup done in advance, please call Lidia Amoretti to coordinate. Media can park in front of the Clark DTC.

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Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136