Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, New York City, hosted childhood cancer fighters and survivors last Saturday in honor of September’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Twenty-three children, from age 2 to age 12, who are either cancer fighters or cancer survivors, walked the runway in the Young World Department to benefit two leading pediatric cancer organizations, the Ronan Thompson Foundation and Solving Kids’ Cancer. The children were adorable!
In 2013, former President Bill Clinton described (now) 12-year-old DJ Fulano as “a 9-year-old wonder.” At the show, Fulano kept the children energized as they stepped down the runway and moved to his masterful mix of tunes. Model-singer-actress Celia Babini, 13, served as the emcee. Today, both of these terrific tweens act as Solving Kids’ Cancer young ambassadors.
The Ronan Thompson Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to finding a cure for neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. For more information, visit www.theronanthompsonfoundation.org. Created by two New York City fathers who lost their children to pediatric cancer, Solving Kids’ Cancer is committed to significantly improving survivorship of the deadliest childhood cancers. One hundred percent of all donations are used to find, fund and manage clinical trials and scientific programs. Contact them at www.solvingkidscancer.org.
For the show, Bloomingdale’s generously donated an outfit of choice to each child in the show that the kids could take home afterwards. Famous brand names included Burberry and Chloe. In addition, TOMS Shoes donated a pair of shoes to match each outfit. Completing the look, Clinique’s makeup artist made sure the children looked their best. Bloomingdale’s also donated 10 percent of all purchases throughout the weekend to benefitting these charities.
There were also a cookie bar catered by Thomas Preti and a mini photo booth by WhoseEvent. Before and after the show, the magician Didi Maxx entertained the children with balloon animals and magic tricks. Good Show!