It all started with hair, makeup and pre-show photo shoots. Seventeen young cancer survivors got the royal treatment before strutting their stuff on the runway at the 6th annual Celebration of Champions benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
It was a fashion show, yes. But more than that, it was a “look at me now” moment for children who have seen some dark days early in their lives in their fight with cancer.
Smiles, laughs and tears flooded the room as Patient Champions walked out with their Community Champions, a group of Houstonians known for their support of charitable causes.
Walking as 2013 Community Champions were Donna and Robert Bruni, Beth Madison, Carolyn and Dr. Michael Mann, Dr. Parth Mehta, Susan Rafte, Sue and Lester Smith, Jane Weiner, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, Melissa Wilson and Merele Yarborough. Physicians from Texas Children’s Cancer Center also walked the runway to show their support.
The Periwinkle Foundation, recipient of the Torch Award in 2012, passed the torch to the 2013 beneficiary, His Grace Foundation. His Grace was recognized for its dedication to providing personalized support for patients and their families at Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
All of this pomp and circumstance — which was largely made possible by event chairs Scott Basinger, Elsie Eckert, Sidney Faust and Judi McGee — raised more than $100,000 to support the Long-Term Survivor Program within Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
Benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center
Texas Children’s Cancer Center is dedicated to providing family-centered care for children with cancer and blood disorders. Our physicians treat more children with cancer than any other organization in the U.S. With more than 300 researchers in 38 laboratories, Texas Children’s Cancer Center remains at the forefront of researching and developing new treatments and therapies.