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Elated kids walk hand-in-hand with Dallas celebs at heartwarming lunch

Elated kids walk hand-in-hand with Dallas celebs at heartwarming lunch

Brady Pampillonia, Troy Aikman
Brady Pampillonia, Troy Aikman Photo by Juan Pulido
Event Co-Chair Roger Staubach, Micah Reed, Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon
Roger Staubach, Micah Reed
Pink Heals Firefighters with kids backstage, children's cancer fund luncheon
Pink Heals Firefighters with kids backstage at the Children's Cancer Fund Lunch. Photo by Edgar Vargas
Courtney Kerr, Luna Martell, Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon
Courtney Kerr, Luna Martell Photo by by Jeffrey McWhorter
Jackson Houser; Dallas Cowboy Morris Claiborne
Jackson Houser, Morris Claiborne Photo by by Jeffrey McWhorter
Ray Johnston, Christian Arroyo, Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon
Christian Arroyo, Ray Johnston Photo by by Jeffrey McWhorter
Mike Crum, Juan Mauricio Lopez, Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon
Mike Crum, Juan Mauricio Lopez Photo by by Jeffrey McWhorter
Lynette Quintana and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Children's Cancer Fund Lunceon
Lynette Quintana, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Photo by by Jeffrey McWhorter
Medieval Times Knight Ryan Palguta, Bennett Williams, Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon
Ryan Palguta, Bennett Williams Photo by Edgar Vargas
Brady Pampillonia, Troy Aikman
Event Co-Chair Roger Staubach, Micah Reed, Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon
Pink Heals Firefighters with kids backstage, children's cancer fund luncheon
Courtney Kerr, Luna Martell, Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon
Jackson Houser; Dallas Cowboy Morris Claiborne
Ray Johnston, Christian Arroyo, Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon
Mike Crum, Juan Mauricio Lopez, Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon
Lynette Quintana and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Children's Cancer Fund Lunceon
Medieval Times Knight Ryan Palguta, Bennett Williams, Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon

Co-chairs and Dallas Cowboy legends Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman welcomed charitable guests to the Hilton Anatole for the 27th annual Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon. Always one of the more heartwarming events of the year, it gives kids receiving treatment at Children’s Medical Center an afternoon away from the hospital to enjoy music, food and a little fellowship with their favorite local celebrities.

When the kids got to the hotel that morning, they were paired with volunteer buddies and spent the day backstage talking to celebrities, having fun with clowns and magicians, getting their hair done, taking pictures, coloring, eating lunch, and more. The 21 kiddos also got to pick out an outfit donated by Dillard’s to model at the luncheon.

When it was time for the main event, these kids were joined by more than 100 others in the audience — all pediatric cancer survivors. All the kids, and a few adults, went nuts for the musical performance by Amber Carrington and Justin Rivers of NBC’s The Voice.

Post performance, each child got a turn in the spotlight, as emcees Clarice Tinsley and Steve Eager introduced them and their special guests while they walked down the runway.

Celebrity escorts included Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Terence Newman, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Miss Texas America Monique Evans, Miss Texas Teen USA Chloe Kemble, Drew Pearson, Ray Johnston, Charles Haley, Steve Largent, Jason Castro, the Pink Heals Firefighters, Dallas SWAT Team, Queen Elsa and Cinderella.

Founded in 1982, the Children’s Cancer Fund supports clinical and laboratory research for pediatric cancer and has awarded more than $7 million in grants.