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Local girls hit the runway for Fashion Funds the Cure

Taylor Burton takes the spotlight as her escort, then-Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, kneels at last year’s 10th annual Veredus Fashion Funds the Cure show. Taylor was battling leukemia and decided to flaunt her baldness. DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Taylor Burton takes the spotlight as her escort, then-Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, kneels at last year’s 10th annual Veredus Fashion Funds the Cure show. Taylor was battling leukemia and decided to flaunt her baldness. DANIEL WALLACE | Times

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The runway is set for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's 11th annual Fashion Funds the Cure this Saturday. The runway show will feature about a dozen local girls who are all battling cancer. They'll be escorted by local celebrities, and Carson Kressley (Dancing With the Stars, How to Look Good Naked, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, general awesomeness, etc.) will host.

One of the girls in the show is 15-year-old Taylor Burton, a Riverview High School student. It's her second time walking in the show (check out the ah-MAZING photo of her above, from last year's show). She was diagnosed with leukemia about two years ago. She was at the Day of Pampering they had at Neiman Marcus a couple weeks ago, when the girls picked outfits for the show. She used to have shoulder length hair, she said, but when it all started to come out from chemo, she decided not to wear a wig because she decided she looked pretty darn good.

Taylor's words of wisdom: "If you go bald, you should flaunt what you have."

She wants to be a model, and also hopes to someday start her own non profit to help others battling cancer. You can read more about her story here.

And Fashion Funds the Cure will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the International Jet Center, Hangar No. 4, 4751 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa on Saturday. Besides the runway show, there will be wine and food from local restaurants. Tickets are $100. Proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's research efforts. Tickets are available to purchase online here, and you can learn more about the foundation and its efforts on the website, too.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:25am]

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