An Open Invitation: The Avery Strong Benefit Show

By: Nick Swafford

For those who don’t know, when I was eight years old I was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer called Medulloblastoma. The tumor was about the size of a small orange, and it has changed my life and the lives of those around me ever since. But this is not about me this time, this is about Avery Cooper. Avery Cooper Is a 13-year-old girl who, like me, was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma. Avery is currently in a transition period in her treatment between the strenuous weeks of radiation and the foreboding chemo treatments that are soon to come. In this transition period, my mother has taken it upon herself to create a fundraiser of sorts to support Avery and her family in the way that she knows best: a fashion show.

The fashion show fundraiser is taking place at the Cotton Company this Saturday, September 8th at 1:00 and is sponsored by my mom’s store, Mini and Me, which is also inside the Cotton Company. The fashion show will feature plenty of models including Avery showcasing an assortment of different clothing options. There will be several attractions including dance routines, musical acts, food vendors, and a motorcycle ride to raise some of the hype around the event. There will be a raffle as well; participants can win several prizes ranging from gift cards to Over the Falls to a new Sonicare toothbrush from Triangle Dentistry. As of right now, the odds of getting at least one prize is almost 100%. So if you are interested in supporting Avery and her family, as well as some local businesses in the area, I highly recommend attending this amazing event.

Admission will be $10 and raffle tickets will be just $5, which is pretty great considering the high odds of winning. However, this fundraiser will be cash only, so keep that in mind before you come with your credit or debit card in hand. I will be attending this event as well, so if you are coming to support Avery, don’t be afraid to stop by the table I will be manning. Hope to see you there!

Avery Strong



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