Earlier this month, several Georgia HOSA volunteers assisted the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) with their Fashion Funds the Cure event at Lenox Square in Atlanta. HOSA-Future Health Professionals named NPCF, an organization committed to funding pediatric cancer research, as the official Service Project for 2018-2020 in an effort to provide community awareness and fundraising strategies to members and chapters to “end pediatric cancer together”. For twenty-six years and counting, the NPCF has been shining light on children who are fighting cancer, having donated millions of dollars to research and sponsoring clinical trials which have led to amazing discoveries that are saving many children’s lives.
Fashion Funds the Cure is a classic NPCF fundraising event, where a shopping center serves as the location for a fashion show, with several stores and clothing companies providing the clothes which the models will wear. The feature models are children who are either currently battling cancer or have defeated their cancer diagnosis. The event in Atlanta highlighted three runway walks. Firstly, the “star models” were accompanied down the runway by professional models as they sported the freshest looks from major clothing companies. Next, the children returned to the walkway wearing outfits associated with their future career dreams, as they were accompanied by real professionals in their careers from around the Atlanta area. These career choices ranged from a pediatric cardiologist to the mighty Iron Man! Finally, child cancer survivors, known as NPCF “alumni”, had their moment of fame as they were also featured on the runway.
HOSA members from Etowah High School also joined in on the effort. A student who volunteered at this event said, “It was great to volunteer as a chapter and give back to the NPCF! Being able to witness all of the amazing work and effort the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation puts into their cause was really inspiring.”
Georgia HOSA state officers also donated their time to this NPCF event. State Reporter Krishna Patel said, “This event truly showed me how big of an impact volunteering and helping out in service projects makes in the lives of those these service projects are dedicated too. I am so glad I was able to experience this inspiring event.”
State President Faith Ediae-Holly said, “Volunteering at the NPCF Fashion Funds the Cure event allowed me to feel even more invested in our national service project, and I am so grateful that we were given the opportunity to see so many strong children enjoy themselves at the event.”
State Secretary Joy Charles said, “This event made me realize how easy it is to connect with a cause that is important to me, and it definitely inspired me to do more in the name of raising awareness for pediatric cancer.”
The National Pediatric Cancer will continue to be HOSA’s National Service Project for the 2019-2020 school year, so be sure to check out how HOSA members can get involved with the NPCF’s work at www.nationalpcf.org/hosa....