Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

“Pink Label” Event for Cancer Research
A little girl’s legacy lives on through The Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment

by Wendy Schrepferman

April 01, 2013

Caroline Symmes was a child whom everyone noticed. Her warm smile, impeccable fashion sense, affinity for the color pink and her generosity of spirit were simply unmatched. Tragically at the age of five, Wilms Tumor Disease, a form of kidney cancer, claimed her life.

The Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment was created to honor her memory, her care team, Riley Children’s Hospital and, most importantly, other children suffering from this form of cancer. Little or no research was available to Caroline to improve her medical treatment due to lack of funding. In fact, of the more than five billion federal dollars spent on cancer research each year, less than 5% is focused on pediatric cancers. The Symmes family is working to change this and is currently directing all funds from the endowment to research Wilms Tumor Disease. “We created the Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research in loving memory of our daughter to ensure that all children stand a fighting chance against cancer,” say her parents David and Elizabeth Symmes.

Just as the professionals at Riley work together caring for children, a team of local business owners and volunteers have partnered to host The Pink Label Event. This high-end consignment sale featuring women’s and children’s fashions, shoes, jewelry and handbags is scheduled for April 26 - 27. Kite Realty has graciously donated retail space for the event which will be held at Cool Creek Commons near 146th Street and Greyhound Pass in Carmel. Designer clothing from many central Indiana closets and new apparel items from high-end fashion boutiques such as 8fifteen, Uber, Lesley Jane, 14 Districts, Niche and AH Collection will be offered at a fraction of the cost. There is no admission charge for the event.

Individuals and retailers interested in donating gently worn or new items for this year’s Pink Label Event can contact Elizabeth@carolinesymmes.org for details.

The Symmes family and Riley Hospital thank you for helping to provide critical research dollars for children who need it most. They hope to see you on the “pink carpet” in April!