By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer
The Richmond branch of Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids (NC4K) will host its first fashion show and raffle 5 p.m. Saturday at B. Michael Caudill Middle School. Proceeds will provide direct aid to young cancer patients and their families, including three Kentucky children ages 4 and 15.
Almost seven years ago, 16-year-old Nellie Krumlauf of Columbus, Ohio, planned a one-time fashion show to benefit the Nationwide Children’s Hospital after losing her grandmother to cancer. While planning the event, Krumlauf met a little girl named Eden who was going through her second battle with cancer.
Even in the midst of treatments, Eden “strutted her stuff” down the catwalk complete with a black dress, gold shoes and sparkly bald head, said Krumlauf on her website.
“Sadly, in late 2008, Eden lost her battle to this disease, but is with us in everything we do,” she said.
Over the past seven years, NC4K fashion shows have raised more than a half million dollars to benefit families financially and emotionally. The organization has since branched out nationally and has a base at Kent State University, the University of Cincinnati, in Cleveland, Ohio, and now Richmond.
Before moving to Richmond in August 2012, Nikki Harvey and her 9-year-old daughter participated in one of the Columbus NC4K fashion shows.
“I just fell in love with this organization,” said Harvey, who volunteered to open a Richmond affiliate after NC4K announced it was expanding.
Harvey and volunteer Brittney Murphy have since been working with the University of Kentucky Pediatric Oncology Clinic to provide Easter baskets for patients, lunch vouchers and other family needs.
Through www.nc4k.com, families can apply for help with gas, groceries, medical and utility bills and even Christmas presents, said Harvey, who then reaches out to those local families in need of help.
Several of the children and families participating in Saturday’s fashion show have in some way been affected by cancer, Murphy said.
The show will feature around 25 models ages 4 through pre-teen, she said, although models are accepted ages 4 to 24.
Participants also have donated enough items to put together a care package for each of the three Kentucky children, one of which will model clothes donated by Posh Tots in Saturday’s show. The two other beneficiaries are not well enough to attend, Harvey said.
Several local businesses also have donated items for a raffle.
For details about Richmond’s branch of NC4K, call Nikki Harvey at (859) 779-0283 or email Nikki.Kentucky@catwalk4kids.com.
Donations can be made to: NC4K, 512 Daniel Drive, Richmond, Ky 40475.