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Young MD Anderson patients rock the runway with a robot at inspiring back-to-school fashion show

Young MD Anderson patients rock the runway at inspiring fashion show

Patient Claire Spedale and twin Janie Spedale
Patient and model Claire Spedale and with twin sister Janie Spedale. Photo by Dave Ross
MD Anderson fashion show Kaylyn White robot
Patient and model Kaylyn White rocked the runway via a robot. Photo by Dave Ross
Patient Althea Guinto MD Anderson fashion show
Patient and model Althea Guinto.  Photo by Dave Ross
MD Anderson fashion show patient Patient Aaliyah Parker
Patient and model Aaliyah Parker.  Photo by Dave Ross
MD Anderson fashion show patient Sydney Kallus
Patient and model Sydney Kallus.  Photo by Dave Ross
MD Anderson fashion show Maggie Howard
Patient and model Maggie Howard.  Photo by Dave Ross
MD Anderson fashion show Gianna Kallus
Gianna Kallus stylishly struts.  Photo by Dave Ross
E.J. Unegbu with Abigail Naomi and Daniel
E.J. Unegbu, Abigail Unegbu, Naomi Unegbu, and Daniel Unegbu.  Photo by Dave Ross
MD Anderson fashion show Priscilla Nieto, Emily Springer and Katelyn Schaffner at the M.D. Anderson Back to School Fashion
Priscilla Nieto, Emily Springer, and Katelyn Schaffner. Photo by Dave Ross
MD Anderson fashion show Steven and Chrissy Kinney with Grayson,7, and Cole,4,
Steven Kinney, Chrissy Kinney, Grayson Kinney, and Cole Kinney.  Photo by Dave Ross
MD Anderson fashion show Dr Wykesha Hayes
MD Anderson's Dr. Wykesha Hayes.  Photo by Dave Ross
Patient Claire Spedale and twin Janie Spedale
MD Anderson fashion show Kaylyn White robot
Patient Althea Guinto MD Anderson fashion show
MD Anderson fashion show patient Patient Aaliyah Parker
MD Anderson fashion show patient Sydney Kallus
MD Anderson fashion show Maggie Howard
MD Anderson fashion show Gianna Kallus
E.J. Unegbu with Abigail Naomi and Daniel
MD Anderson fashion show Priscilla Nieto, Emily Springer and Katelyn Schaffner at the M.D. Anderson Back to School Fashion
MD Anderson fashion show Steven and Chrissy Kinney with Grayson,7, and Cole,4,
MD Anderson fashion show Dr Wykesha Hayes

Families taking advantage of tax-free weekend specials at the Galleria Mall had a chance to see MD Anderson patients, siblings, and caregivers own the runway at the annual back to school fashion show hosted by MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital and The Galleria.

MD Anderson children and teens joined Page Parkes models, sporting the latest fashions from Crazy 8, Pure, Athleta, Francesca’s, Gymboree, Vera Bradley, Banana Republic, Buckle, Trina Turk, Robert Graham, Topshop, and Macy’s.

Courtney Zavala, co-host of KPRC’s Houston Life, and emcee for the event, was joined by Dr. Wykesha Hayes, who coordinates school program services for patients being treated at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.

This year, 12-year-old Kaylyn White, an MD Anderson stem cell transplant patient had a chance to walk the runway from her hospital bed by using one of MD Anderson’s robots. Kaylyn, a fashionista, who enjoys fashion, art, and science, was able to see through the robot’s camera to guide her down the runway. The robot’s movements were controlled by Kaylyn through software loaded on a laptop. The crowd cheered and waved to Kaylyn through the robot’s screen as the robot made its debut styled in Banana Republic accessories.

This was both Kaylyn and the robot’s first fashion show: “It was really cool to participate in the fashion show using the robot,” says Kaylyn. “I had fun.” The robots are part of patient support programs offered at MD Anderson’s K-12 private accredited school, and are primarily used for patients on isolation or those who are too sick to attend activities and school.

“Being fashionable at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital is about staying ahead of the curve in medical and support services care,” says Hayes. “Our robot program is one of many innovative opportunities that ensures our patients are able to thrive in style despite treatment.”

The fashion show special guests in attendance included patients and families, MD Anderson’s Dr. Richard Gorlick, chair and division head of Pediatrics; Dr. Wykesha HayesMary Kathryn CooperJanet McCloskey; Krista Frederick; Katrina Burton; Brette Peyton; Stephanie ChevesTheda WilliamsKimberly Young-JenkinsJavier Espinal; and The Galleria’s Christopher Lane and Marichu Ricablanca.