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Models with Spina Bifida Rock Fashion Show

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PLANO -- NewsFix got backstage passes to an exclusive fashion show in Plano Wednesday. But if you take a closer look, you’ll notice something special about these models.

“It’s really wonderful how inspiring the kids are. We learn more and more from them every day, hearing their stories,” Jeff Useforge, DMM at JC Penney's men's division said.

JCPenney threw their 8th annual back-to-school fashion show! Everyone ripping the runway were Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients—all living with spina bifida.

“I’ve actually known most of these kids since they were born or since two months of age,” Susan Leibold, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Developmental Disabilities at Scottish Rite, said.  “And that’s such a difference in their self-esteem and how they begin to look at themselves improves.”

“It’s my first time,” Alma Mendoza said.  “I’m excited. It’s a red dress and I like the color of the dress. Kind of nervous, kind of excited.”

“People usually look at them because they get around differently,” Susan added. “But all of a sudden, people are looking at them and applauding them because they look really good.

Brayant Cisneros’s described his Arizona brand clothes he was showing on the runway.  It’s his second time participating.  “I am getting a lot of goosebumps,” he said.

Dozens cheered as he turned in circles during the show. “It just gets me hyped up throughout the day, just knowing that people are cheering me on, because you don’t get to do this every single day of your life.”

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