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Fashion designer gives back in a big way

Fashion designer gives back in a big way
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Bethesda High School graduate Kaycee Marshall has been busy studying fashion design at Kent State University in Ohio, but came back to Indianapolis over the weekend to pay forward a cause close to her heart.

Marshall was born with a malformation of the spine and heart condition, spending her childhood in and out of Riley Hospital for Children and had the opportunity to work with the now medical director of pediatric rehabilitation at Riley, Dr. Chuck Dietzen.

Dr. Chuck, as his young patients call him, founded the Timmy Global Health Foundation in 1997 and as a former pro-wrestler, has sponsored an annual wrestling event for Riley patients for many years.

This year, with the help of Marshall, he decided to sponsor an event in the form of a fashion show.

"Fashion had always been my thing since the first grade," Marshall said. "I was sketching clothes back then. I love that fashion can be anything, it's a way to express yourself — moody, glam, edgy ... whatever you want to be."

The show wouldn't have been possible without the help of local businesses and talent.

With the donation of three designs by Marshall and a group of other local boutiques — Ella Mae's, Blush Boutique, Lil' Bloomers, The Watermelon Patch, Meme's, D's Cleaners and Sweet M's — nine models and current Riley patients had the opportunity to walk the runway at Indianapolis' Incrediplex facility.

Kristen Maloney from D-Zign Salon, Mackenzie Fair from Studio 603 and Mandy Roberts from The Place for Hair all donated their time and supplies to prepare the young models with hair and makeup.

Steven Dean with Soundwaves Entertainment served as emce and Matt Portwood with MP Films was the photographer.

The joy was apparent on the children's faces as they walked the runway and posed with audience members clapping and yelling support.

"The show is entitled 'Once Upon A Dream' because I want the kids to just feel beautiful," Marshall said. "I want them to know that they can do anything they put their mind to and to dream big.

"I'm following my dream and I hope to give back to the fashion industry with models of diversity. Just this year, the first model in a wheelchair went down the runway at New York's Fashion Week and I want to see more of that."

Marshall has plans to travel and study fashion this school year with study abroad programs in Florence, Italy, and New York City.

She designed a pink, lighted tu-tu worn by Macie Bravo and a pink flowered dress worn by Grace Schraufnagel.

Other models included Hayden Cloud, Chad Keown, Emily Smith, Riley Smith, Caden Upchurch, Christin Gregory and Mallory Hackworth.

Marshall also designed a black dress worn by guest vocalist and Danville graduate Brianna Patrick.Read more at:cheap formal dresses

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