On February 9, more than 350 guests joined event chairs Sidney Faust, Judi McGee, Elsie Eckert and Scott Basinger for the 10th annual Celebration of Champions fashion show and luncheon at the River Oaks Country Club.
The event featured a fashion show with pediatric cancer survivors from Texas Children’s Cancer Center walking the runway with this year’s Community Champions, a group of notable Houstonians who do so much to help children battling cancer and to make the community a better place.
More than your typical fashion show, 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.
In addition to showcasing the latest fashion trends from Saks Fifth Avenue and Dillard’s, the event also featured a special appearance by the honorary event chairs Jeff Bagwell and Mary Lou Retton. They kicked off the event with the lighting of the Torch of Hope and later took the runway alongside patient champions.
Since its inception, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for the Long Term Cancer Survivor Program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, which monitors patients for delayed side effects and complications caused by previous cancer therapies. Not every pediatric cancer treatment center continues to follow its patients into adulthood, but caregivers at Texas Children’s Cancer Center recognize that health concerns for childhood cancer patients may not end when their cancer treatment is successfully completed.
The program currently has 30,000 long-term pediatric cancer survivors nationwide enrolled in Passport for Care, an online resource guide developed at Texas Children’s and Baylor College of Medicine that provides individualized health care information to guide physicians’ care for late risks and effects from childhood cancer treatment.