Niagara Gazette —
The fight against cancer has a new opponent, which has taken the form of 75 children who will be putting on a fashion show to help raise money and create cancer awareness.
Comedian and Niagara Falls native Ernie Bivins says he’s always been comfortable in front of people, but for a long time he has felt the need to channel his fan base in a direction that will help people.
“This has been a burning desire for years,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do an event for cancer. I’m trying to raise awareness through little kids and I’m going to give the proceeds to a cancer foundation.”
Since losing his aunt to colon cancer, Bivins said he has come to understand how crucial it is to take care of your self. He wants to inform others about the importance of staying healthy and said he was especially interested in educating children.
“You have to teach kids about this at a young age, that was my whole goal.” Bivins said. “You never know who is going to be what, you just have to be out there and surround yourself with positive people and you’ll be alright. You never know what these kids are going to be in life.”
The kids involved in the fashion show range in age from 4 to 12 and are a combination of children of Bivins’ friends and children selected from open auditions. Instead of modeling any particular clothing or styles, each child will be dressed by their parents in whatever they like, because as Bivins put it, “No one can dress your kids like you.”
Throughout the organization of the fashion show, Bivins has worked closely with local singer-songwriter Marsha McWilson, who is a coordinator for LEWAC, (Lasting Education for Women, Adults and Children) and has held several events to help raise money to battle cancer.