Sarah Gilman

Toronto-based cancer support foundation, Wellspring, held their special annual fundraising event last week. The fashion show showcased Holt Renfrew’s collections just ahead of spring but this time it was about much more than fashion.

The models strutting their stuff on the runway included individuals of varying demographics each of whom have been affected by cancer.

There was blogger, Stephanie Gilman (pictured above) “Pass Me Another Cupcake” with the endearing phrase on her blog “fighting cancer and eating cupcakes“.

Then there was also Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall fame who was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 but after completing six rounds of chemotherapy and 1 round of radiation he is cancer free (via

Needless to say there were many tears in the crowd during the speeches and the very moving fashion show with a purpose.

Afterwards for the post-reception it was time for some private shopping at the Holt Renfrew store along with drinks, Belmonte Raw juice bar, and desserts from Bite Bar and Jelly Modern Donuts.

The sold-out event with a waiting list grossed $243,500 in support of cancer support programs.

Next year’s fundraising event is expected to be sold out as well, so keep this on your radar to help support those affected by cancer in the GTA.

Here’s a quick video from Wellspring


For more info about Wellspring including how to get involved and donate, visit You can find the Wellspring house in downtown Toronto at 4 Charles Street East.

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