Celebrating our 6th year, this spring tradition was held at Merinos in Mooresville, NC with proceeds benefiting financially deserving families of children being treated at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) as well as the kickoff 3-year $300K Capital Campaign to place a Nurse Practitioner at LCH to increase the ability to offer phase I and II clinical trials locally for children battling cancer. The highlight of the evening is our runway show which included women’s and men’s spring fashions from local boutiques and clothiers and our “Catwalk Heroes,” children from LCH wearing the latest children’s styles from Belk. These heroes are children battling or have recently won their battle with various forms of cancer. They were escorted by some of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, girlfriends and wives, with a finale that includes an original song written by Maia Sharpe and Edwin McCain, and sung by Edwin. You can access the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGvQVHHE0ow
And you can download the song on iTunes or GooglePlay with 100% of the proceeds coming to MTJF to fund childhood cancer research. Together we can all hold out a hand.
In 2010, Sherry (Martin’s girlfriend) came to him and asked how he would feel about hosting a fashion show to raise money for pediatric cancer. Sherry had a friend whose daughter Soleil had been diagnosed with a rare stage II Neuroblastoma at 3 years old. Sherry and Martin saw first-hand the struggles a family goes through emotionally and financially when a child is battling cancer: Catwalk for a Cause was born. The inaugural event hosted 50 guests and raised $10K. This enabled a Special Needs Fund to be established at Levine Children’s Hospital for financially deserving families. The instances are numerous each year for families already struggling with the high costs of cancer treatment when, unexpectedly, something non-medically related goes wrong and there is no extra money. No one should have to make a choice on replacing a home water heater or cover the cost of a treatment for their child fighting for his or her life.
We are so grateful to our sponsors, businesses and continued ticket purchasers, without all of you we could not continue the mission of helping families dealing with Pediatric Cancer. Less than 4% of the national cancer research budget is allocated to childhood cancer research, we are striving to change that.