Back for the fourth year running, The Limb Kind Foundation’s Show Your Shine adaptive runway show is an annual celebration of inclusivity and differences. The memorable night will happen on Saturday, February 3, and will feature over 20 runway models from ages 6 to 46 with limb loss or limb difference. Chris Boyle published the story on 1/17/24 for LongIsland.com.
Show Your Shine is more than just a way to raise funds for The Limb Kind Foundation’s work, but an opportunity for the models to display their confidence. “They are stared at daily because of their differences, but at this event, all eyes will be on them celebrating their courage and resilience,” said Jill Smith, event founder and organizer. “I’m blown away by the tremendous support of the community. I am humbled that in year four we have a sold-out crowd of over 500 people, showing that our message is clear and our mission is being accomplished.”
Jill is an occupational therapist, Jill is an occupational therapist, and her brother, Robert Schulman, is a prosthetist and Executive Director of the foundation. The Limb Kind Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of children with limb loss both domestically and internationally by strengthening the amputee community and providing prosthetic care to all. Robert’s volunteer work in Haiti is what ultimately led him to start the non-profit that helps provide limbs to children in underdeveloped and impoverished countries.
To aid this work, Jill created the runway event to showcase the community and remind others that differences are beautiful. “It takes courage and confidence to walk down a runway – with or without a physical difference,” Jill said. “Through this experience, each model finds their own confidence and can build on it. And their community learns that differences do not need to separate them from their dreams.”
Donations and sponsorships for the 2024 event are still being accepted. Learn more about The Limb Kind Foundation on their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@limbkindfoundation).