More than 350 gathered at the River Oaks Country Club for the 12th annual Champions Luncheon and Fashion Show. The Patient Champions, pediatric cancer survivors from Texas Children’s Cancer Center, kicked off their morning by getting their hair and makeup done. The event, hosted by FOX 26 Morning News co-anchor Melissa Wilson, featured a fashion show with the Patient Champions walking the runway with this year’s Community Champions, a group of Houstonians who help children battling cancer. Event chairs were Judi McGee, Elsie Eckert, Scott Basinger and Sidney Faust. This year’s event honored Sidney and Don Faust for their dedication to Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers over the last two decades. The event’s Community Champions included Gwen and Ed Emmett, Carolyn Faulk and Pat Studdert, Gayla and Dr. Donald Gardner, Maha and Omar Khan, Kelley and Stephen Lubanko, Dr. Will Parsons, Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer, Amy and Rob Pierce, Hallie Vanderhider, Vicki West and Ralph Burch, and Beth Wolff. This year’s event raised over $270,000 for the Long Term Survivor Program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, which monitors patients for delayed side effects and complications caused by previous cancer therapies.
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