At the 25th Annual Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon and Fashion Show, young cancer survivor Natasha Green, a six-year-old from Coppell, modeled a white spring frock May 3, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Natasha was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood.
Natasha’s outfit reflected her sense of style and personality because she picked it out. She joined 36 other children who took part in the annual fundraiser. Fashions were donated by Dillard’s, and each child got to keep the items they chose to model.
Money donated at the event supports research for cures of childhood cancer and helps find ways to minimize the long-term effects of treatment to give children like Natasha a happier and healthier life.
When it was Natasha’s turn to strut down the runway, she was pushed on stage atop a brown truck by two employees of United Parcel Service (UPS) dressed in their trademark brown. They presented her with a sparkling tiara.
“I have family members who are struggling with cancer right now, and my best friend lost his two year old daughter to cancer,” said UPS employee Lindsay Cordova. “These kids dealing with cancer have the best perspective in the world; they are always so happy, and that puts things in perspective to me. We can be nitpicky of the little things and get discouraged, but look at them. They have so much more to deal with, and they stay positive and live life to the fullest.”
Natasha is a kindergarten student at Pinkerton Elementary School in Coppell where her favorite subject is math. She has an older sister and brother.
“I would like to be a police officer when I grow up,” Natasha said. She likes to paint, draw pictures, help her mom in the garden, play dress up, and play with her cousin Co-Co. Her artwork was included in the event’s 2013 Reflections Book.
The theme of the luncheon and style show was Under the Sea. Natasha said if she could be any sea animal and live in the ocean, she would be a turtle because they are fun to hold.
Honorary and longtime co-chairs of the event were Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. Broadcasters Clarice Tinsley and Steve Eager served as emcees. Rudy Gatlin sang A Healing Stream of Love, and singer-songwriter Terry McDermott, runner-up on The Voice last season, also sang.
Jennifer DeLaughter and Elizabeth Farr were co-chairs of the event.
“In six short weeks I will become a first time mother; I can only imagine how hard it would be to stand at my daughter’s side while she fights a battle that I can’t fight for her,” Farr said. “I am forever inspired by the courage these families and their children show every day. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to forget the daily struggle of treatment, pain, and hospital visits and shine like the stars they truly are.”