Last October, hundreds of guests attended the 11th annual Celebration of Champions fashion show and luncheon at River Oaks Country Club to honor Patient and Community Champions and to raise money for Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
Pediatric patients and survivors from the Cancer Center were escorted down the runway by local philanthropists, who served as this year’s Community Champions. One patient, Max Boatwright, walked with our very own therapy dog, Elsa, who was guided by her handler, Sarah Herbek.
“This event is a testament to the progress we’ve made in the treatment of childhood cancer. It celebrates our patients — cancer survivors who are our champions. We’re also so grateful for individuals in the Houston community who so strongly support our mission, and we’re celebrating those champions today as well.”
Dr. Susan Blaney
Director of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
The event was chaired by Sidney Faust, Judi McGee, Elsie Eckert and Scott Basinger, who have overseen the luncheon each year since its inception. The Community Champions were wearing fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue and the Patient Champions from Dillard’s. Thanks to generous underwriting support from Sidney and Don Faust and Cora Sue and Harry Mach, all the Patient Champion models were able to keep their hand-picked outfits — much to their delight!
All funds raised during the luncheon benefit Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s Long-Term Survivor Program, one of the nation’s only long-term childhood cancer survivor programs that sees survivors through adulthood.
Today, more than 30,000 long-term pediatric cancer survivors nationwide are enrolled in Passport for Care, an online resource developed at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine that provides individualized health care information to guide care for effects from childhood cancer treatment.