The 6th Annual Angels Catwalk In support of the SickKids Transplant Centre@Steam Whistle Brewing-Thurs.,April 4th,2019
By A.J.Lam & BK on the SCENE
The 6th annual Angels Catwalk for SickKids was held at Steam Whistle Brewing on Thursday. Over the past five years, the Angels Catwalk for SickKids event has raised over $1.1 million. This premier red-carpet event once again features some of the hottest fashions to walk across the runway, the city’s top restaurants and caterers, and creative cocktails.
Entertainment was by Karl Wolf, alongside fashion designed by: Narces, Dianna DiNoble, Amanda Maria, Garema Official, Marka Designs, Lolë, Maska, Hilary MacMillan and Ross Mayer. The makeup was sponsored by MAC Cosmetics with Salon Daniel sponsoring the hair styling for the models.
With the generosity of guests, sponsors, and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), they were able to help fund research, education and innovation targeted at enhancing both the quality and quantity of life years restored by transplantation. For the second year, money raised was directed to The Highschool Outreach program; a University of Toronto Transplant Institute (TTI) initiative, to increase awareness about the life-saving contributions of organ donation in the province of Ontario for students in the Toronto District and the Toronto Catholic District School Boards.
In addition, this year Angels Catwalk supported Allergies after Solid Organ Transplantation research. Allergies develop in up to 30% of the children after liver, heart or intestine transplantation. This frequency is few folds higher than the normal Canadian population and is a major cause for disrupted day-to-day life for transplant recipients. Sickkids is at the forefront of studying this poorly understood phenomena. Through collaboration with the transplant programs at SickKids and across the country, experts in immunology and allergy are investigating the reasons for this high-frequency of severe allergies, the immunological defects leading to it and ways to prevent and treat allergies after solid organ transplantation.
Ashley’s Angels Fund was established in 2009 following two-year-old Ashley Logan’s liver transplant at SickKids. Its mission was to raise funds to support research, education and innovation targeted at enhancing both the quantity and quality of years in these children’s lives, restored by transplantation at SickKids, and to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.
We would like to thank Lorraine Quartaro for the invitation to this event.