Eliana Alderete of Albuquerque, N.M., lives every day with pulmonary hypertension (PH). But her disease has not stopped the 16-year-old from living life to the fullest and enriching the life of her family and friends.

Eliana’s family and friends recently returned some of that joy when they threw her a birthday celebration, “Sweet 16 Prom.” That special moment was covered in a story by KOB 4 News.

The video coverage from the news network features highlights of Eliana’s special celebration and how much this meant to her.

In the story, Eliana was filled with appreciation and joy, saying, “I just cried. I couldn’t even read the whole invitation before crying. I was very overwhelmed with love, and I felt very special. I’m having my own prom. That’s big.”

 Check out the entire story from KOB 4 News here.