Two-12 months-previous Ayden Brown strutted throughout a pink carpet whereas sporting a gold-coloured tie and vest, eliciting some oohs and ahhs from the group gathered Saturday evening on the Suncoast.
The dapper tot wasn’t making an attempt to please the critics in Milan, New York or Paris.
His objective had way more significance.
Young Ayden and 10 different kids whose lives are affected by cancer basked within the highlight throughout a fashion show aimed toward elevating $60,000 for a expensive, final-ditch therapy for the terminally ailing boy.
“We needed to discover a strategy to get these children out and make them really feel particular by doing one thing they may not get to do once more,” Ayden’s mom, 34-year-previous Lindsey Licari of Henderson, mentioned shortly earlier than the occasion, which additionally included an public sale.
“I simply hope that after tonight, individuals see the necessity to assist households with sick kids,” Licari mentioned. “There are a whole lot of youngsters on this valley preventing for their lives, and we are able to make a distinction by offering some funds.”
Licari began a basis final October often known as Ayden’s Military of Angels as a strategy to acquire cash that will likely be distributed to households struggling to make ends meet whereas additionally caring for kids with extreme circumstances of cancer.
Licari is aware of the drill, having missed work so as to care for Ayden since he was identified with an aggressive cancer within the lining of his lungs when he was simply 13 months previous. Typically, she must select between shopping for meals or paying the family payments.
“These are issues that nobody ought to have to consider,” Licari mentioned.
Ayden’s stage four cancer, often known as rhabdomyosarcoma, has since unfold into his chest, surrounding his coronary heart and shifting towards his backbone, Licari mentioned.
Licari lived together with her sister, Nicole Duran, in Southern California for greater than a 12 months as Ayden was handled at Youngsters’s Hospital Los Angeles and Loma Linda College Medical Heart.
“The concept he doesn’t have an opportunity to reside previous three years previous is simply not an choice for us,” Duran mentioned. “We merely need to do what we are able to to save lots of him.”
Cash raised throughout the occasion held on Saturday will assist pay for a proton radiation remedy that Licari mentioned can solely be accomplished in Germany as a result of it’s deemed too harmful by medical doctors in america.
The funds additionally will go towards buying diapers, bandages and snack luggage for households with young kids present process chemotherapy.
“Quite a lot of occasions households don’t have the cash for easy issues as a result of their money and time are tied up in getting therapy for their youngster,” Ayden’s godmother, Hassanah Abdullah of Jersey Metropolis, New Jersey, mentioned. “We need to be sure they get assist too.”
Donations and extra details about the group’s companies will be discovered at aydensarmyofangels.org.
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Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancer made up of cells that usually develop in muscle mass, inner organs or the center. About three p.c of all childhood cancers are rhabdomyosarcoma, with roughly 350 new circumstances identified yearly in america. Greater than half of the circumstances are present in kids youthful than 10, and it’s extra widespread in boys than women.
Supply: American Cancer Society