Kids fashion show to benefit daughter with fatal disease

BOISE -- This weekend, a kids fashion show is being held to benefit a family whose young daughter is battling a fatal disease.

It's Boise's first city-wide Kids' Fashion Rulz, a posh, catered fashion show featuring kids' and teens' fashions from The Village, Boise Towne Square, boutiques and local designers.

Proceeds will benefit the Rodgers Family, whose young daughter, Hannah, is battling fatal Batten Disease. Hannah's biggest wish is to someday be a supermodel. This weekend, Hannah will get her wish as she walks the runway as the evening's star model.

According to organizer Tanya Carnahan, the event will allow local youth to help each other.

"During this huge fall fashion show kids and teens will model back-to-school clothes, and support Hannah as she walks down the runway," says Carnahan. "She is completely blind, so she will be escorted by her sister and her best friend."

Hannah's mom, Trina Rodgers, says that the proceeds will allow them to build Hannah a new, bigger bedroom.

"It will accommodate all of her medical equipment and care," said Rodgers. "Combined, these projects are a huge financial challenge."

According to Batten Disease Support and Research Association, over time, children affected suffer mental impairment, worsening seizures, and progressive loss of sight and motor skills. Children with Batten Disease eventually become blind, bedridden and unable to communicate, and, presently, it is always fatal.

The show is Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Saint Alphonsus McCleary Auditorium, 1055 N. Curtis Rd., Boise, ID, 83706. Tickets and show details are available by going to Kids' Fashion Rulz.


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