Washington D.C.

Cancer survivors transform into runway models

Originally posted on shfwire.com for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.

Two-year-old Jaylen Kalia Chavis of Richmond, Va., struts down the runway wearing Gap Kids. Jaylen was diagnosed with mesoblastic nephroma in November 2009 and is now cancer free. Photo by Emily Siner

WASHINGTON – The 39 models on the runway Friday night in the Ronald Reagan Building Atrium had little in common – at first glance.

Some were bald. Some had broad shoulders. Some were white, some black, some Latino. The youngest was 2 years old. The oldest was 71.

But they all had one thing in common: They all had battled cancer, and they had survived.Read More »Cancer survivors transform into runway models