Making a statement

Football really isn’t Kelsey Oudshoorn’s game; volleyball is. But the other day, the 15 year old was waiting, football in hand, to meet Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman at Children’s. The two Dallas Cowboys icons shook her hand and autographed her ball, which she bought especially for the occasion.

Kelsey, a patient in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, got to meet the Hall of Fame quarterbacks at a special photo shoot for the children who will participate in the 23rd annual Beyond the Rainbow Luncheon and Fashion Show hosted by the Children’s Cancer Fund.

Proceeds benefit Children’s
Proceeds from the April 15 luncheon and fashion show benefit pediatric cancer research. The fundraiser is expected to net $270,000 for Children’s and UT Southwestern Medical Center. The photos taken with Aikman and Staubach at Children’s will be used as part of a book of art created by children with cancer.

Staubach and Aikman are honorary co-chairs of the annual luncheon and come to Children’s each year for a photo opportunity with the children who will appear in the fashion show.

The fashion show features childhood cancer survivors and those still in treatment, and remembers those who have lost their fight with the disease. Kelsey finished chemotherapy for alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma on Valentine’s Day at Children’s at Legacy in Plano. Her type of cancer is an especially aggressive form of the soft tissue sarcomas that can occur in children.

Red shows her personality
It’s fitting that Kelsey finished her chemo on a day that’s symbolized by red. For the photo shoot with Roger and Troy, Kelsey wore a bright red fedora decorated with a white fabric rose. She accessorized the hat with a long white scarf emblazoned with flowers, a flowered top, and bright red high-top sneakers.

Kelsey says she picked her hat “because it’s bold, and we were asked to dress like our personality.” Red’s not her favorite color, purple is, “but I like the statement.” With a sense of self and of style like that, Kelsey is bound to wow them at the fashion show.

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One Response to Making a statement

  1. Anonymous March 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    >I love her spirit. What a neat girl!

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