Eighteen-year-old J’Monica spent what would have been her prom weekend in the hospital undergoing rehabilitation from a spinal cord injury. The teen from Mississippi is a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, which specializes in orthopaedic conditions and pediatric spinal cord injury rehabilitation. When hospital staff learned J'Monica was missing her senior prom, the recreation therapy/child life department decided to host a prom at the hospital in honor of J’Monica and other in-patients at the pediatric specialty hospital.
In addition to planning a party in the Shriners Hospital’s patient activity mall, Shriners Hospital staff reached out to Ole Miss to see if they could help make the prom even more special day for the teen. Sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson and wide receivers Tre Nixon and A.J. Brown sent a video. Hospital staff, who also dressed up in prom attire, surprised J'Monica with the video during the event.
She was all smiles and appeared very touched to receive a video from back home. The players messages to J'Monica: “Hey J’Monica I just want to wish you a strong road to recovery from your rebel family at Ole Miss. Hope you have fun tonight at your prom,” Patterson said in the video. "Hi J’Monica I’m AJ Brown," "and I’m Tre Nixon and we’re wishing you a speedy recovery from the rebel family. Hotty Toddy.”
The 2017 Shriners Hospital prom took place Friday, April 21, 2017, from 3–5 p.m. It featured a Hollywood-style “Lights Camera Action” theme with appetizers, and decorations including a red carpet. The music playlist for prom was created by patients during a group activity earlier in the week. And a patient also served as DJ for this year’s prom.