What We Do
Runway Heroes is a non-profit organization that features children with cancer in fashion events. We collaborate with top fashion brands to orchestrate charitable runway shows in venues throughout New York City. Runway Heroes provides a unique opportunity for children with cancer to feel like stars. We are all about confidence-boosting experiences for children with cancer!
All funds raised support clinical trials in hopes of developing more curative treatments for childhood cancer.
Children currently in treatment for cancer or in remission are invited to participate in our events.
Participation includes professional photography, light hair and make-up, clothing and walking the runway.
Rachel Goldman, Ph.D., Founder
Rachel created Runway Heroes in 2014 in an effort to provide a confidence-boosting experience for children with cancer. Rachel has always been a fierce advocate for children with cancer and has served as an executive board member of The Ronan Thompson Foundation since 2012 and has been a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2009. In addition to philanthropic endeavors, Rachel completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and specializes in child psychology and parenting interventions.
Kathryn MacLeod, Board Member
Kathryn is a strong advocate and behind-the-scenes rockstar in creating magical experiences for children with cancer. Kathryn was previously the Senior Photo Producer at Vanity Fair for many years. She continues to be a Visual Producer and Creative Consultant and uses her talents in many charitable ventures. Kathryn is an invaluable member of the Runway Heroes team.
Kacie Friedman, Board Member
Kacie is our newest Board Member and we are so excited to have her join our team as the Director of Public Relations. She is passionate about using her expertise to give back and support children with cancerand works diligently behind the scenes to incorporate sponsors in our mission. Kacie and Rachel are childhood friends working together to change the world of childhood cancer.
Maya Thompson, Board Member
Maya is forever committed to fighting cancer for kids as she lost her beautiful son, Ronan, to childhood cancer just days before his 4th birthday. Ronan inspired Rachel to start Runway Heroes years ago and Maya has turned her pain and grief into action through advocacy and awareness for childhood cancer. Maya is a co-author with Taylor Swift on a top hit song, Ronan, author of the blog Rockstar Ronan and is in the process of writing a book. In addition, she is mother to twin boys, Liam and Quinn and a sassy little girl, Poppy.
Jordan Shelley, Board Member
Jordan joins the Runway Heroes team to bring smiles to children with cancer. He uses his expertise in software and all things technology, to help the foundation run smoothly and efficiently. Jordan handles all the behind the scenes development and event day tech! On event days, he can be found making our heroes laugh and smile!