Stars on the Runway: Prosper Cancer Survivors Honored at Celebrity Event

DALLAS— It’s hard to hear a diagnosis of cancer under any circumstance, but it seems doubly so when the victim is a child. That is the case for two Prosper families whose children participated in the Children’s Cancer Fund’s 27th Annual Luncheon April 17 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

Carter Fielding, 6, and Zoe Teemer, 7, were runway models, each escorted by celebrities. They were treated to entertainment and a luncheon just for them which included clowns with balloons, make-up artists and hair stylists, while the celebrities stayed with them to socialize in their special room before the style show.

Participants were wearing clothes from Dillards Department Stores. Spokesperson for the event Elizabeth Lenart said the children were invited to Dillards to choose wardrobe items to model and then were allowed to keep the whole outfit, which included shoes and jewelry. Zoe wore an aqua colored dress decorated with bows, and Carter wore a dress shirt, slack and a tie.

Each child can participate in the event for two years. The first year they are artists and their artwork is shown in the Inspiration Book given to each attendee. This is where Zoe and Carter were last year. This year, they were runway models. Carter was escorted by former Dallas Cowboys player Drew Pearson and Zoe was with young actress Sunny Malouf.

Carter’s parents are Clint and Tammy Fielding and he is quick to say his favorite teacher is Miss Rawlins at Folsom Elementary. Tammy Fielding explained that Carter has no symptoms of Burkitts Lymphooma cancer currently. His treatments ended in November.

“Our life stopped when we heard that Carter had cancer,” Tammy said. Since then, the Fieldings have learned more about cancer than they ever thought they would.

Zoe is also symptom free from her cancer, says her mother Julie teemer. Julie and Greg Teemer are Zoe’s parents. Julie said Zoe has been off her chemotherapy for almost two years. She was diagnosed at age 3 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

“She is doing great and there is no evidence of disease right now,” Julie said. “It’s overwhelming to see the support for the Children’s Cancer Fund and then all the people who come out to make a difference for these kids and their futures. Emotionally, it’s overwhelming that so many people care.”

Julie says every milestone is a celebration. “The farther you get from that diagnosis, the lower your odds of relapsing are,” she said.

Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach have been honorary event charimen for 19 and 21 years respectively. Clarice Tinsley and Steve Eagar served as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies. The Children’s Cancer Fund brings together a host of local celebrities, dignitaries, sponsors, and media personalities who attend the luncheon to serve as runway escorts for the Children’s Health Children’s Medical Center patients modeling in the fashion show. The luncheon and fashion show raise awareness and funds for children’s cancer research and programs at Children’s Medical Center while serving as a positive social-psychological experience for children undergoing cancer treatment. Current escorts include Aikman, Staubach, current Dallas Cowboys players, and other Dallas Cowboys retired players, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss Texas America and more.

“With over $7 million in funds raised, since 1982, for pediatric cancer research, Children’s Cancer Fund continues to fund critical research while improving treatments for hundreds of children throughout the greater North Texas community,” said Luncheon Committee Co-Chair Cara Serber. “A significant amount of these funds are raised through this annual luncheon. This day brings children living with cancer together for an unforgettable, embracing, and heartwarming experience.”

The finale of the show was a special time for all the children, both those currently battling cancer and the survivors, as they joined together on stage. Amber Carrington and Justin Rivers, both from the NBC’s “The Voice,” sang for the finale with all the children on stage.

“The enthusiasm, support, and generosity in the ballroom the day of the fashion show is nothing short of inspiring,” said Luncheon Co-Chair Kathleen Strand. “It’s very humbling to see everyone come together with their time, treasures, and talents for the children. This level of commitment enables Children’s Cancer Fund to pursue strategic investments in research, ensuring CCF is truly a movement for a pediatric cancer-free tomorrow.”

Children’s Cancer Fund created a special 2015 Children’s Cancer Fund Inspiration Book in support of pediatric cancer research. The photo book includes photos of the children, event chairs and physicians as well as original artwork by the cancer patients participating in the fashion show. CCF Inspiration Books are $15 each. To purchase copies after the luncheon, please call Children’s Cancer und at 972-664-1450 or visit www.ChildrensCancerFund.com.

 

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