• Concord girl battling cancer models in fashion show

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    Mia Furrer, 8, walked the runway in Charlotte Saturday for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

    In June, Mia was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin lymphoma when her mom found a large mass on Mia's neck.

    "After four months of aggressive treatment Mia is cancer free,"  Mia's mom, Marianna Furrer, said. "We will have to follow up again every three months."

    Mia was one of eight kids battling cancer who modeled at the Charlotte Fashion Funds the Cure benefiting the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The children walked down the runway followed by models from Dillard's.  

     

    The final walk was the "Dream Walk" where the kids took the stage in their aspiring profession. Mia's choice was a nurse.  

    "I just want her to be confident.  It's O.K. to lose hair, lose weight. Not everyone is the ideal child, but I want her to know she can be herself," Marianna Furrer said. 

    Why did Mia choose nursing? Mia said, "It's my favorite career because I want to help other children who are just like me."

    WSOC-TV's Gina Esposito and Christine Rapp emceed the event at the SouthPark Mall Dillard's. 

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