Blue Bell girl recycles dresses to support cancer research
WKHn -uOLD 9DKHy fiUVW KHDUd the idea of recycling used dresses and reselling them for cancer research, the 1T-year-old said she knew she could take the project and run with it.
sahey, a rising senior at William Penn Charter pchool who lives in Blue Bell, said the idea to recycle party dresses came from Cathy hodoroff, a member of the Teens for the Cure Tickled Pink event leadership committee, while sahey was working as a summer intern at the PhiladelSKLD DIfiOLDWH RI SuVDn G. .RPHn for the Cure. The program was called “Closet Full of Cures.”
sahey quickly volunteered to spearhead the project, she said, because she knew it would be a great way to get teen girls involved with the foundation, with the goal being to increase awareness of the disease that impacts one in eight women and increase participation among teens as part of the Teens for the Cure initiative.
The idea is to take party dresses that have only been worn once for events like weddings or proms, now just taking up space in the closet, and sell them to support the homen foundation.
The inspiration to champion the project was a personal one, sahey said, since she lost her grandmother, Celeste, to breast cancer a year-and-a-half after it was diagnosed when sahey was only 4 years old. phe said three of her aunts are also survivors of the disease, having caught it early.
phe said she knew many friends and family members who would be able to donate dresses and soon began reaching out to them for help, receiving an enormous response.
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The dresses are sold to those less fortunate for between $25 and $T5, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to the homen fund, which, according to the foundation, is the “world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and acWLYLVWV fiJKWLnJ WR VDYH OLYHV, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science WR find WKH FuUHV.”
7KH fiUVW “FORVHW” RI dUHVVHV were brought to a luncheon event at oadice oestaurant, T22 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, July 22, and will be sold at an event at Dave and Buster’s in Plymouth Meeting pept. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will take place in a private room and will include a dressing room.
Currently, sahey said the organization has close to 100 dresses of various styles and sizes, along with accessories, and is actively taking dresses. phe said the organization has paired with Claire’s Fashions in Wilmington, Del., for an event in lctober that will feature never-worn dresses.
sahey said she “could not ask for anything better,” when it came to the amount of supports she’s received.
phe said after high school, she plans to study biology in college and is hoping to work in cancer research to help end the disease.
For more information, visit www.homenPhiladelphia.org.
Cathy Kodroff, of Dresher, left; Julia Vahey, of Fort Washington; Allison Kodroff, of Dresher; Elaine I. Grobman, CEO of the Philadelphia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; and Kate Harron, event coordinator for the Philadelphia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, gather together during the July 22 “Closet Full of Cures” event at Radice restaurant in Blue Bell.