Megan Keller, 18, of Wichita, Kansas, a senior at Wichita Northwest High School, helped create an annual teen fashion show that has raised more than $50,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) over the past four years. After Megan's little brother was born prematurely, he and his family benefited from the support of the Children's Miracle Network. "When I was thinking about ways to give back to CMNH, I tried to think of an activity that would be fun, engage teens, and raise funds," said Megan. After discussing this with her parents, they decided to organize a fashion show that could involve local teens in supporting CMNH while raising money for sick and injured children.
Since its inception, the "Models for Miracles" fashion show has featured hundreds of teens who have sold tickets to the event and then modeled outfits provided by participating boutiques. More than 2,000 people have attended the events. As co-president of the CMNH Teen Advisory Board, Megan recruits models and sponsors, promotes the shows, gathers donations, and handles production details. She also has been instrumental in expanding the program beyond Kansas to several other states. Megan says the experience has taught her a valuable life lesson: "be thankful for what you've been blessed with, and use your gifts to help others."