Blue Bell girl re­cy­cles dresses to sup­port can­cer re­search

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Eric Devlin

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.

“GLUOV DUH VWUDnJH,” 9DKHy joked, “they can’t wear the same thing twice.”

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.

Sub­mit­ted photo

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...

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