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.

Check out our FAQs to learn more and our upcoming events to register your child for a show.

Our Team


Rachel Goldman, 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. She 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 is completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and currently specializes in child psychology, parenting and children with medical illness.


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. Maya has turned her pain and grief into action by starting a non-profit foundation, The Ronan Thompson Foundation, which focuses on funding innovative clinical trials 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 little girl, Poppy.


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.