My platform, "Inspiring Action Against Pediatric Cancer," is something that I am extremely passionate about and hold close to my heart. We all know what cancer is and are not under the assumption that children are immune to it, and yet, very little is being done to help those who are fighting the hardest battle of their young lives. This is why I choose not to "raise awareness" of pediatric cancer, but rather, to inspire action against it. I began thinking about having another benefit during my reign as Miss Greater New York and, after winning Miss Staten Island, the idea came up again. I have to admit, though, I was hesitant as I debated putting this event together – a sequel to my "We Dance For Dreams" benefit in 2012 – because I wasn't sure I'd have the time to follow through with this huge undertaking. Looking back at all that I have gained from this experience, I am so happy I decided to proceed.
I have to say, I was strangely calm the morning of the benefit, which was pretty odd. After a trip to my hair sponsor, Zoe Salon, for a quick blow out (which looked FABULOUS as usual), I was on my way to the venue. The threat of rain loomed, but thankfully we made it to CSI before any drops hit the ground. We were not as lucky leaving the theater…POURING rain is an understatement!
The emails and messages I received after the event were heart-warming. They all meant so much to me. My platform involves not only inspiring action against pediatric cancer, but also encouraging others, especially children, to get involved in their communities and volunteering. So many of the messages came from kids and young adults and their families were inspired to become involved in my cause and asked what they can do to help! To have achieved both of my goals with one event feels great!