HackensackUMC Foundation Continues Model Search for American Girl Fashion Show

August 11, 2014 11:47 AM
Olivia Childs, age 8, of Glen Rock, was selected during the June 20 model search to participate in the upcoming American Girl Fashion Shows. During the selection process, the girls are asked questions on stage.

The fifth annual American Girl Fashion Show Model Search, with presenting corporate sponsor, Inserra Supermarkets, Inc., will be held November 15 and 16at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC.

Additional model search events will be held August 22 and 23 at the Shops at Riverside to select participants for the shows, which will benefit the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. 

One of the girls selected during the model search in June was Olivia Childs of Glen Rock.  Olivia has a condition called Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome (KTS), a rare congenital vascular disorder that affects her right leg.  Olivia, who will be starting fourth grade this fall, was first diagnosed with the condition at age four by Helen Shin, M.D., chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.  Since her diagnosis, Olivia has had 17 surgeries to treat the pain that the condition causes. 

Olivia is a big fan of American Girl dolls and her favorite is Rebecca.  Last year, Olivia attended one of the fashion shows as a member of the audience.   This year, she decided she wanted to participate. Besides demonstrating their modeling skills, model search contestants are also asked questions on stage.  Olivia’s personality charmed the judges and she was selected to take part in the upcoming fashion shows.

“She is so excited, she can’t contain herself,” said Olivia’s mom, Sharon Israel.  “She was determined to take part in the model search.  We are so proud that Olivia was selected and will be modeling in the fashion show.”

The fashion shows allow the girls to confidently walk down a runway dressed in American Girl Doll outfits with a matching doll. As family and friends look on, the girls will take the audience through various periods of U.S. history as they represent each doll.

Despite her medical condition, Olivia plays softball, is on a cheerleading squad, takes dance classes and participates in plays, since she loves to be on stage.

“KTS does not define her life,” explains Sharon. “It’s important for her, and us, not to be a victim.  KTS doesn’t stop her from doing the things she loves.  It just makes her more determined to succeed.”

The next round of the model search is Friday, August 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. Interested girls, ages 6 to 12, are encouraged to pre-register online at www.hackensackumcfoundation.org.


About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It also received 11 national rankings, and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.  






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