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Models of Courage

A Tribute to Cancer Survivors and Community Leaders

Founding chairs Sidney Faust, Judi McGee, Elsie Eckert and Scott Basinger welcomed an enthusiastic audience to the 7th annual Celebration of Champions on October 10, 2014. Nearly 450 guests gathered at the River Oaks Country Club for the event benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center and honoring some truly inspirational young patients who have been fierce in their fight against cancer and showed what it means to be “fierce” on the runway that day.

These 19 pediatric cancer survivors looked chic in fall fashions alongside their runway partners, the 2014 Community Champions, who were recognized for their outstanding service in the community.

Emceed by 93Q Morning Zoo host Kevin Kline, the sold-out event raised more than $250,000 to support cancer research and programs benefitting patients and their families — specifically the Cancer Center’s Long-Term Survivor Program. In addition, the 2014 Torch of Champions Award was presented to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, which works with the Cancer Center to support the needs of families facing pediatric cancer.

A champion can be defined as “a person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else.” Texas Children’s champions are too numerous to count — but many of them can be found year after year celebrating the successes we have made in the battle against cancer and continuing to fight for the victories we know are to come.

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