Kingwood youngster Parker Fortenberry recently had the chance to strut his stuff on the red carpet at the MD Anderson Children's Cancer Center Back-to-School Fashion Show held at the Galleria Mall.
[Photo: Dave Rossman]
MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital and the Galleria rolled out the red carpet for the ninth annual back-to-school event and fashion show celebrating the start of another school year. More than 100 seats were filled with standing room only as models, including pediatric cancer patients, their siblings and MD Anderson caregivers, highlighted the season's most popular back to school trends on the runway. The show featured looks from The Galleria's hottest retailers, including Athleta, Buckle, GAP, Francesca's, Macy's, Tilly's, Vera Bradley and Zara.
Among the pediatric cancer patients in attendance was 8-year-old Parker Fortenberry. Parker suffers from Optic Glioma, a rare eye nerve tumor that is most often found in children. He recently started 3rd grade, spends most of his time playing and building legos, loves to be outside at recess, and dreams of becoming a firefighter.
After the fashion show, MD Anderson's puppeteers performed Too Cool to Smoke Puppet Show, educating and encouraging children not to smoke as an important cancer prevention message. Children in attendance received Promise cards, which serve as a commitment to not smoke and to make healthy lifestyle choices. Adults received information cards on the dangers of tobacco products, and the industry lures meant to attract children and teens.
In addition to watching the runway and puppet shows, families enjoyed face painting, balloon twisting and other interactive activities.