WHIPPANY, NJ — Livingston High School junior Ashley Raz is once again helping to organize a Catwalk 4 Cancer, the third annual event of its name benefiting pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in honor of her best friend, Tallie Elisha, a Short Hills junior who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in May of 2012 and is now in remission.
On March 26 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Whippany Jewish Community Center (JCC) will host the third annual Catwalk 4 Cancer, which was spearheaded by the pair of teens in 2012 as a means of raising money for kids with cancer. The event is a fashion show that features local kids as the models in partnership with local retailers and raises funds for life-saving pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
The first event in 2013 raised more than $37,000 and has since raised more than $150,000 for the cause, according to Ashley’s father, Steven Raz. As of this week, he said the girls have raised more than $44,000 this year alone with a goal of reaching $250,000 in 2017.
According to Raz, this is a cause that is near and dear to the teen duo’s hearts, as “Tallie has won her fight and Ashley has been her biggest cheerleader.” Going through this process has inspired their friends and family to not only help Tallie, but to help other pediatric cancer patients as well.
Last year, Tallie’s family stated that without all of the research and funding that had previously been done, there would not be as many treatment options available as there are today. The goal now is to help make a "real difference in the fight against this deadly disease," according to the website.
The girls ask that area residents help them help other kids who are "fighting the fight" by donating today. Click HERE for more information.