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Strutting Down the Runway to Hope

A child’s only worries should be what time recess is and what games they should play. But what happens when they have bigger worries on their shoulders? According to the American Cancer Society, almost 11,000 children in the United States under age 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Runway to Hope, a Central Florida based nonprofit, makes sure families dealing with pediatric cancer aren’t fighting alone.

Runway to Hope’s History

Mark and Josie Nejame founded Runway to Hope in 2010. Through partnerships with children’s hospitals, the organization brings together corporations, local businesses and philanthropists to raise funds and awareness. It also brings new programs and initiatives to the pediatric cancer community and provides direct support to families impacted by pediatric cancer. Since its inception, Runway to Hope has raised approximately $6 million. Additionally, it has provided funding for programs at each of Central Florida’s three children’s hospitals and financial assistance through its Family Assistance Program.

Runway to Hope’s signature fundraising event, now called The Adam Michael Rosen Foundation presents Runway to Hope’s Spring Soiree, is a major contributor to the organization’s efforts. This year, it will be held on May 18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Hosts include Daymond John of “Shark Tank,” Lindsay Arnold from “Dancing with the Stars” and *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone. The highlight of the evening will be a fashion show featuring more than 150 children who are currently battling or have overcome pediatric cancer. They will be escorted down the runway by local and national celebrities.

A Brand New Partnership

Last month, local philanthropist and hotelier Harris Rosen announced a partnership between Runway to Hope’s pediatric cancer event and The Adam Michael Rosen Foundation. The foundation was created to honor the life and legacy of his son, Adam Michael Rosen. He passed away at age 26 from brain cancer in November 2018.

“The hope and strength Adam displayed during his battle with cancer now drives the mission of the foundation that bears his name,” Rosen says. “Adam was a passionate supporter of many meaningful causes. I’m grateful that through his foundation, Adam’s legacy of courage in the face of adversity and an unbridled enthusiasm toward helping those in need will persevere through partnerships with impactful charities such as Runway to Hope.”

How You Can Help

  1. Donate. When you make a $25 donation, you receive a one-year membership for digital discounts.  
  2. Volunteer. Give your time at Runway to Hope events throughout the year by registering online at www.RunwayToHope.org. The organization will reach out as needs arise.
  3. Attend an event. Show your support. Attend The Adam Michael Rosen Foundation presents Runway to Hope’s Spring Soiree at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort on May 18.
Erin Bacot escorted by Adam Rosen down the runway at the spring gala.. Courtesy of The Adam Michael Rosen Foundation

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