Cancer survivors strut the catwalk for fashion show fundraiser

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It was a special night on the catwalk in Troy on Thursday where what the models were wearing was secondary.

The third annual #trending4fashion fashion show was held at Revolution Hall in downtown Troy on Thursday night. The show acted as a fundraiser with proceeds going to The Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

Models of all ages walked in the fashion show. But they weren’t your average models.

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Some were doctors. Some were nurses. And others were cancer survivors.

The #trending4fashion fashion show was started by 19-year-old Rachael Murray who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma three years ago. The news was devastating, but once she looked at her mother, she was determined to fight the disease.

“I saw how scared she was, and I don’t even know how to explain it,” she said. “Just seeing that look on her face just made me – from that second on – I was just concerned about how they felt, and I have a younger brother.”

Now cancer free, Murray holds the fundraiser to help other patients.

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“I think it’s really important to feel that hope; that inspiration,” she said.

Like for patients Lucas, 3, and Amelia, 4. They both are undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. But you’d never guess it by their smiles and dance moves shown on Thursday.

The team at The Melodies Center said seeing their smiles is why they know #trending4fashion makes a difference.

“In clinic, we see them going through their treatment, and it’s just going through the motions,” Certified Child Life Specialist Angie Silipigno said. “Here, they get to come and it gives them hope for what still lies ahead in their lives and everything around them.”

All of Thursday’s proceeds will go to The Melodies Center where Murray also received treatment. Last year, the fundraiser raised $15,000.

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