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Jerred Hoover had never been asked to be a model before, but he willingly filled in for his brother, Chase, who was too ill to walk the runway. Chase, 19, is not a professional model, either. He’s a leukemia patient who wants to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Chase was to a be a “celebrity model” for a Charity Fashion Show fundraiser benefitting The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The event, cr7 cleats galaxy which also included a silent auction and luncheon, was Dec. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point and featured three other local “celebrities” who volunteer with the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation.

The fundraiser drew a soldout crowd of 520, mostly women, who gathered to raise money for the “Gift of a Lifetime” campaign, which aims to fund a major expansion to the Children’s Hospital. The $125 millionproject would add a 200,000squarefoot facility and increase the hospital’s capacity from 98 to 148 beds.

The Children’s Hospital is considered the region’s premier critical care hospital for best nike cleats children, serving a fivecounty area and treating more than 40,000 patients each year, many of whom have little ability to pay.

Chase’s mother, Dodi Hoover, praised the hospital staff for its care of her son during the two years he has been battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

“They’re angels, Dodi said. “They take such great care of my son. To have a facility so close to home for the chemo is comforting,

Becky Cregmiles echoed those sentiments, adding that the hospital provided a separate guest room for her family while her daughter, Amanda, was being treated for leukemia, complete with complimentary soap, shampoo and fresh towels daily.

Amanda, 15, is now in remission and was a celebrity model during Wednesday’s event. She frequently speaks in support of organizations who help pediatric cancer patients.

“These kids are representative of what the hospital can do for young people, said Trish Williams, whose production company ran the fashion show, featuring designer clothing from 17 local retailers from The Village on Venetian Bay, The Promenade, Neopolitan Way and The Mercato.

Williams, who has been running fashion shows for 20 years, said the Children’s Hospital event is special. “This is done with real heart, and that’s what distinguishes it from other events, she said.

Aside best nike cleats from stepping in for his brother as a model, Jerred Hoover recently discovered he is a perfect best nike cleats match for his brother’s bone marrow transplant, which likely will happen in February.

“I step in to help when I can, Jerred said. “Chase is a strong kid,

Sharon MacDonald, Chief Foundation Officer for Lee Memorial Health, thanked the hundreds of supporters and volunteers in attendance at Wednesday’s event.

“I am humbled how many of you have opened your hearts and your wallets to make this event possible, she said. “By attending today, you will know you have paid for a brick, you have paid for a chair, you have paid for a life. There is no greater gift, best nike cleats cr7 cleats galaxy.