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North Country fashion show raises funds for Children's Miracle Network

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: North Country fashion show raises funds for Children's Miracle Network
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It may be fashion week in New York City, but that doesn't mean the North Country has to be left out. Nearly 300 people gathered to watch models walk the catwalk in Watertown Sunday. And as our Elizabeth Jeneault tells us, the event was all about raising money for a good cause.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- 150 children, teens and adults had the chance to strut their stuff on the catwalk Sunday, and it was all for the local Children's Miracle Network, which operates out of Samaritan Medical Center.

The group provides support to families with children facing tragic circumstances.

"It could be anything from an injury to a traumatic disease or disability that they may have," explained Children's Miracle Network Northern New York Development Manager, Morgan Bocciolatt.

Joey Rubacha is one of those children who the network helped. Just last year, his family discovered he had Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

"We had to go for chemotherapy and we also were hospitalized quite a few times. We had to have shots that were $8,000 to $10,000 over ten days and we maxed out on our insurance co-pays so the Children's Miracle Network helped with everything," said Holly Rubacha.

Joey says he's forever greatful for the second chance at life the network gave him.

"If they couldn't help us I probably wouldn't have had any of my medicine or my shots or anything like that, so basically, if they didn't help, I probably wouldn't be here today," said Joey Rubacha.

Sunday's event helped generate over $3,000 for the network. It was also a chance to raise local awareness for the group. The network says they just want all North Country families to know that they're happy to help. And that if interested in aid, all they need to do is apply.

"If a family is looking for financial assistance they can definitely go online to samaritanhealth.com and get an application there," said Bocciolatt.

Visit smaritanhealth.com

And if families don't have access to the internet, but are interested in receiving aid, they can give the Children's Miracle Network a call at (315) 785-4053.

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