National Post (Latest Edition)
Jordana’s Rainbows is the one bright spot to come out of a terrible tragedy
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