Nellie Krumlauf via Crowdrise
June 22, 2012
BENEFITING: NELLIES CATWALK FOR KIDS
ORGANIZER: NELLIES CATWALK FOR KIDS
EVENT: NC4K Fashion Show
EVENT DATE: Aug 03, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 100,000,000
My inspiration to start helping kids and teens with cancer came from my grandmother, Goldie Sheridan, who passed away from cancer when I was a little girl. Before passing, my grandma and I did everything together, we were the best of friends. No matter where we were heading she was dressed to the nines in all handmade vintage clothing and jewelry. Growing up my grandma started calling me Nellie as her nickname for me, and it just stuck. On rainy days, I would put on mini fashion shows; making my own catwalk through her living room (I had a low budget as a kid so there was no DJ or flashing lights).
When my parents sat me down to explain that grandma was getting sick, and the word cancer was brought up, I didn't understand why. Being a little girl, I didn't know what cancer was, nor did I know what it was about to do to our family. The cancer started in her lungs and began to spread very quickly. My parents told me and my siblings that grandma was going to come live with us. I instantly volunteered that she could stay in my room and I began to take out all my Barbies (which was a ton), crafts, and other belongings. Soon after Christmas that year I had to say goodbye to my grandma and I didn't realize just how hard it would be, I still miss her to this day. The last thing she gave me was a red dress with a cat on it, which meant a lot to me because it reminds me of all the days I spent in her living room thinking I was a star.
Years later when I was a sophomore in high school I was going through all my grandma's homemade jewelry, and that is when this entire adventure all started. I wanted to come up with something that was fun and for a good cause. My grandmother's name was Goldie, and what is more valuable than kids, they are our future and the light of the world. I started finding statistics that childhood cancer is the least funded type of cancer, and also the number one leading cause of death of kids. Call me crazy, but that didn't seem to make any sense to me. I felt compelled to create an outlet that would be fun and also raise a voice for these kids and teens with cancer. Shortly after, I met a little girl named Eden, she was going through cancer for the second time, but wanted to model in the very first fashion show. I will never forget that summer as I began to become attached to Eden and amazed at how full of life she was considering what she was going through. In the summer of 2007, the first fashion show took place raising a little over $3,000. Eden was the star of the show getting a standing ovation when walking down the catwalk. The fashion show was going to be a onetime event to donate the funds to Nationwide Children's Hospital, but Eden changed everything. After the show she came jetting towards me jumping in my arms, as she looked me in the eyes she said "that was soooo cool and I can't wait until next year"! After those words were said to me that is what I needed to know this is my calling in life. Eden is now one of our Angels, but has forever changed me and many others.
Soon after, the fashion show evolved into what is now known as Nellie's Catwalk for Kids (NC4K) helping pediatric cancer families both emotionally and financially 365 days a year. The unique edge that NC4K showcases is that the organization is powered by kids, teens, and young adults all joining together to raise a voice for childhood cancer!
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To find out more about NC4K go to www.nc4k.org