Monday, September 25, 2023

Children battling cancer take center stage at MacArthur Center

NORFOLK — The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is working to find a cure for its youngest fighters.

And those determined fighters will take center stage on the runway for Fashion Funds the Cure, benefiting The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

The show will be at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Ave.

Organizers said the event “provides the perfect opportunity to see the latest fashions and make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer, all at the same time.”

According to the foundation, the event is expected to draw some 300 people in center court at MacArthur Center.

The fashion show will highlight the latest fashions from Charming Charlie, Chico’s, Dillard’s, Francesca’s, Loft and Talbots.

During the first segment of the show, attendees will meet each featured pediatric cancer patient and learn about their hobbies and interests.

The second segment showcases the newest trends of the season.

As a finale, each featured model will walk dressed as what they want to be when they grow up, walking with someone from that profession, according to a news release from the foundation.

A silent auction will round out the event and showcase many of MacArthur Center’s merchants, including Aveda, California Pizza Kitchen, Dillard’s Pandora, Sephora, Talbots, The Children’s Place, Yankee Candle and an item from Fink’s Jewelry valued at $1,000.

Tickets for the show can be purchased at or by calling 813-269-0955. General admission tickets $25.

Group ticket prices are also available.

Founded in 1991, The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding clinical trials by collaborating with a network of cutting-edge hospitals across the nation to eliminate childhood cancer and fast track less-toxic, more targeted treatments and therapies.

Why is this important?

Cancer is the No. 1 cause of death by disease among children.

Some 43 children per day are expected to be diagnosed with cancer, according to the foundation.

Only 4 percent of the billions of dollars that are annually spent on cancer research and treatments are directed toward treating childhood cancer, the foundation said.

More than 95 percent of those who survive childhood cancer will have a significant health related issue by the time they are 45 as a result of being treated with drugs designed for adults.

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