The 12th Annual Catwalk4Cancer - a much anticipated student-powered fashion event that supports cancer research and education – recently had students strutting the runway to help find a cure. Throughout the show’s 12 years, Catwalk4Cancer has raised over $350,000 with the 2019 proceeds benefiting: Lucy's Love Bus, Anna Jacques Cancer Center, Lowell General Hospital, Lawrence General Hospital, The Kylie Rowland Foundation.
With over 300 CCHS students participating, approximately 120 modeled clothes, while others helped behind-the-scenes through tickets sales, audio visual assistance, and hospitality. A portion of the show was dedicated to CCHS students walking loved ones who are cancer survivors down the runway. Cancer survivor and parent to three CCHS alumni Sarah Dagher P ’09, ’12, ‘16, spoke about the physical and mental health issues that accompany a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The TJX Foundation generously donated $2,500 on behalf of Central Catholic to both Lowell General Hospital's TeamWalk for Cancer and Lawrence General Hospital's Early Screening for Cancer programs. The TJ Maxx models were given gift cards to purchase and keep the fashions they chose from a local TJ Maxx retail outlet.
The following stores and boutiques also provided clothing for models: The Ultimate; Russo Tux; Opal and Oak; David’s Bridal; Stay +; Olivia Holly; Sydney Designs; New Balance; Chic Consignment; Sofbella; and DressBarn.
Mrs. Carmen Lonero, World Languages faculty member at CCHS, worked with the students to help organize this year’s Catwalk4Cancer. The student executive committee consisted of: Mackenzie Barry ’19, Alana Bergin ’19. Olivia Cappuccio ’19 and Victoria Kish ’19.
A heartfelt thank you to all of the organizations and individuals who contributed to making this event an incredible success!