I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful event in Tampa, FL: Fashion Funds the Cure. It is a charity event hosted by the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation that raises money for children with cancer. As many of you know, I work in oncology and felt that this was the perfect event to combine my love of fashion and nursing. The event featured a fashion show where kids who are in treatment for their cancer walked the runway, followed by cancer survivors. Many of the survivors who walked the runway this year previously walked the runway while going through treatment. The event was full of love and positive energy. The kids had a glam squad, a runway, and a burning desire to fight a battle; a battle that many of them have won.
I wanted to wear something youthful, comfortable, and unforgettable. This dress is so lovely and is found here. It is perfect for warm months or an exotic vacation (i.e my honeymoon in a few months), or even a bridal shower or beach party. The dress runs TTS. There isn’t a lot of stretch but it is loose-fitting so no need to size up. The bottom is see-through and is giving me nostalgia of Lala at the Met Gala. How amazing did she look? I love when things are sheer and delicate as opposed to sheer and too sexy. There is a fine balance between tasteful and tacky and this dress exudes classic romance. You can shop this outfit and similar options below!
Beautiful models featured in the new Dillard’s Collection
The emcee Jesse Palmer (middle) and Cancer Survivor Mazzy (right) with her Mom (left)
Jesse Palmer is a former NFL player and was on The Bachelor. He gave me his last rose. (HA! Just Kidding)
This is my favorite moment. My new friend Mazzy (above) took this photo. After we took the standard smiling photo she said “do something funny.” This is what we did. Mazzy is the coolest.
Each child had a shirt with a number on the back. The number signified how many years they have been cancer free.
A shot from the runway. Who doesn’t love a selfie?
Eight years and counting!
Let’s give a toast (drink your champs), to the Real MVP! The cancer survivors. The cancer warriors. The real celebrities; the kids who are in treatment and the ones that have kicked cancer to the curb. I admire them. I also admire their families. This was such a special night for the kids and their loved ones. When someone is sick, it’s not just the patient who suffers. As an oncology RN, I have seen firsthand how hard it is to cope for family members. I salute you. To my new friends: keep fighting, keep winning, and don’t let anyone or anything get in your way. Remember, YOU are the real MVP.
Thank you to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation for letting me attend this event. You can follow them on instagram @pediatriccancer or donate at nationalpcf.org