‘Someday Melissa, the Story of an Eating Disorder, Loss and Hope’ to be Screened at Rutgers University March 5

‘Someday Melissa, the Story of an Eating Disorder, Loss and Hope’ to be Screened at Rutgers University March 5

Panel of experts to lead discussion following documentary at Alexander Library

Someday Melissa poster


A screening of the film Someday
Melissa, the story of an eating disorder,loss and hope,
about 19-year-old Melissa Avrin, who died of a heart attack following a five-year
battle with bulimia. A panel of experts will discuss the documentary and issues
surrounding the recognition and early treatment of eating disorders and answer
audience questions following the film.

Judy Avrin, co-executive producer
of the film, will introduce the one-hour
documentary. Avrin, Melissa’s mother, will be a featured panelist for the
Q&A portion of the program. Other panelists include: John Worobey,
professor, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Shireen Rizvi, assistant
professor, Rutgers’ Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology; and
Patricia Woodin-Weaver, staff psychologist, Counseling, Alcohol and
Other Drug Assistant Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS), part of Rutgers
Health Services.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30
p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

WHERE: Scholarly Communication Center,
4th floor, Alexander Library, 169 College Ave. New Brunswick, N.J.

Melissa, the story of an eating disorder,loss and hope
, chronicles the life
of 19- year-old Melissa Avrin.  Following
her death, her mother read Melissa’s
journal where she wrote about her "Somedays" – the things
that she hoped to accomplish, the places she wanted to travel, who she wanted
to be – someday - when she was healthy.  Inspired by her journal and her poem “Someday…”, Avrin created
and produced the documentary with Danna Markson, LCSW, an eating disorder
specialist, and director Jeffrey Cobelli. Avrin, a member of the first co-ed class of Rutgers College,  holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from
Rutgers University.

Avrin told her daughter’s story to help break through the wall of
secrecy and shame surrounding eating disorders and to help others who face
similar struggles. More than 24
million Americans battle with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and
binge eating disorder. Someday Melissa
has been
screened across the country, and the DVD purchased in nearly 20 countries,
including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, England, Germany,
Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore. In 2010 Avrin founded Someday
Melissa, Inc
, a nonprofit organization, with a mission to promote
recognition and awareness of eating disorders and the importance of early
treatment. The sponsors of this event are Rutgers University Libraries,
The Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the Rutgers
School of Social Work, the Rutgers-New Brunswick Counseling, ADAP, and
Psychiatric Services Center and the Rutgers student chapter, New Jersey Public
Health Association.

For information on Someday Melissa visit www.somedaymelissa.org.  For more information on the program, directions to the
campus or assistance with parking, please contact libraries communications director Harry Glazer at hglazer@rulmail.rutgers.edu
or 848-932-5992.

Media Contact: Carla Cantor
732-932-9384, ext. 607
E-mail: ccantor@ur.rutgers.edu