Spina bifida patients rock the runway at unique fashion show

It was rock star status for some young spina bifida patients on Friday as they took to the runway in Plano.

The goal was to show off the latest back to school fashions and create a special afternoon for the kids.

"I've never done this before, this is my first time,” said patient and model Uchechi. “I'm having fun so far.”

The models all live with spina bifida and receive treatment at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

"Exciting because I've never really done this, I never even knew they did this,” said Gabbie.

The teamwork between the hospital and J.C. Penney has raised more than $40,000 during the last four years for the hospital's program, successful bridges.

"In 10 years we've had 125 of our children model the back to school fashions for JC Penney,” said Stephanie Brigger, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. “It allows the kids to have a time when they shine and be a model for the day."

It helps patients like teens Uchechi, Gabbie and others make life transitions and great connections.

“They rock the runway, it builds self-confidence and gives positive energy for everybody involved in the event,” Brigger said.

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