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 Saturday, Aug. 10, 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. Kingwood resident and patient Parker Fortenberry was one of the models.
After the fashion show, MD Anderson’s puppeteers performed the “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 show, families enjoyed face painting, balloon twisting and other interactive activities.