The 4th annual event benefits Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s Long Term Survivor Program and will help raise critical research dollars to help speed finding cures for childhood cancers. The funds raised will also provide support to the families and patients being treated at the Cancer Center.
On Wednesday, Sep. 28 a local girl will walk the runway and be recognized for her valiant triumph over cancer. Chloe Rodriguez, of Sugar Land, will be one of the pediatric cancer survivors to walk the runway with community champions at Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s 2011 Celebration of Champions. Chloe will be there to represent the many Houston-area children who have fought, or are currently battling against, cancer.
Chloe was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the age of 8. She battled through an aggressive treatment for two years and three months before beating her cancer … the first time. Chloe was in remission for nine months, then, at the age of 10, she and her family received devastating news, she had relapsed.
Over the course of the next three months Chloe underwent high doses of intravenous chemotherapy and then a total body radiation to prepare for a bone marrow transplant. Chloe’s determination and strength helped her to once again triumph over cancer.
Now 12, it’s been 16 months since Chloe’s bone marrow transplant and in addition to her victory over cancer she’s been able to achieve a number of amazing feats. She’s a published poet, a singer/songwriter, a contributing chef for a cookbook and even co-chaired a golf classic and auction benefiting Make-A-Wish at which her own artwork sold for $10,000. Chloe has been described as determined, charming and dynamic and is truly an inspiration to others.