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Meaningful inspiratio­n

Jordana’s Rainbows is the one bright spot to come out of a terrible tragedy

- AMORYN ENGEL

Jordana Fiorini was just like any other little girl. She loved to play with her girlfriend­s at the park and run around with her adoring brothers Laurence and Lucas. Jordana’s smile could light up a room, and her spirit was infectious. Alison and Luciano Fiorini never could have imagined they would lose their precious little angel to a disease they had never heard of.

Jordana was diagnosed within weeks of her 10th birthday with a complex childhood disease named diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). It is a rare pediatric brain cancer with only a one per cent survival rate. A child diagnosed with DIPG today faces the same prognosis as a child diagnosed over 50 years ago: a median survival time of 9-12 months.

The one positive to come out of this tragedy was Jordana’s Rainbows, which was

founded by Alison and Luciano to help spread awareness and to raise money to find a cure. Trailblazi­ng young ladies from the Bishop Strachan School and the student-led Mirakai Committee heard about Jordana’s Rainbows, and decided to take action.

The Mirakai Fashion Show is produced by a committee of students to benefit a different charity each year. The committee, chaired by Kayla Benson, Daniella Gallay and Jordana Royt, pulled out all the stops, as mothers and daughters came out in full force to support the cause. This year’s event included a silent auction and shopping opportunit­ies courtesy of Shop, Love & Above, with proceeds going to Jordana’s Rainbows. The highlight of the night was the fashion show, which included gorgeous clothes from George C, OutHERE and Pink Tartan. European chart-topper Armando Scarlato also took the stage to serenade the models (a mix of BSS girls and Elmer Olsen’s very best) who put their best heel forward.

“The reason our committee came together to plan this event was to honour Jordana and do something for her we think she would have loved.” said Benson. “To know that all of you believe in fighting to find a cure empowers me everyday.”

To date, close to $1.5 million has been raised for Jordana’s Rainbows and DIPG research. For more informatio­n visit jordanasra­inbows.com

 ??  ?? Alison Fiorini, Luciano Fiorini, Lucas Fiorini and Laurence Fiorini
Alison Fiorini, Luciano Fiorini, Lucas Fiorini and Laurence Fiorini
 ??  ?? Constance Hogarth, Lisa Corbo and Beatriz Delvalle
Constance Hogarth, Lisa Corbo and Beatriz Delvalle
 ??  ?? Lexi Drope, Kayla Knapp and Stella Casagrande
Lexi Drope, Kayla Knapp and Stella Casagrande
 ??  ?? Gabby Royt, Tammy Royt, Alex Royt and Jordan Royt
Gabby Royt, Tammy Royt, Alex Royt and Jordan Royt
 ??  ?? Julie Careri, Viavian Risi and Lisa Risi
Julie Careri, Viavian Risi and Lisa Risi
 ??  ?? Chloe Eickmeier and Bianca Eickmeier
Chloe Eickmeier and Bianca Eickmeier
 ??  ?? Yvonne Rowe Samadhin and Jasmine Kiara
Yvonne Rowe Samadhin and Jasmine Kiara
 ??  ?? Sabrina Montemaran­o and Micaela Montemaran­o
Sabrina Montemaran­o and Micaela Montemaran­o
 ??  ?? Daniella Gallay and Kayla Benson
Daniella Gallay and Kayla Benson
 ??  ?? Bailie Geddes and Blythe Rogers
Bailie Geddes and Blythe Rogers
 ??  ?? Genevieve Forsyth and Molly Gangbar
Genevieve Forsyth and Molly Gangbar
 ??  ?? Katarina Lalovic
Katarina Lalovic
 ??  ?? Kareen Madin
Kareen Madin
 ??  ?? Alexandra Azouri
Alexandra Azouri
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 ??  ?? Christina Turner, Lara Zink and Marin McKay
Christina Turner, Lara Zink and Marin McKay
 ??  ?? Models walk the runway at the Mirakai Fashion Show
Models walk the runway at the Mirakai Fashion Show
 ??  ?? Jennifer DiCapo and Mandy Dermer
Jennifer DiCapo and Mandy Dermer
 ??  ?? Brigitte Kenny and Chantal Kenny
Brigitte Kenny and Chantal Kenny
 ??  ?? Fashion from OutHERE
Fashion from OutHERE
 ??  ?? Findley Kelly and Charis Kelly
Findley Kelly and Charis Kelly

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