Over $550,000 in proceeds benefited financially deserving families of children being treated at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH). The highlight of the evening is our runway show which included women’s and men’s spring fashions 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 included a live performance by Florida Georgia Line.
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.