Traveling Tutus Take Center Stage

by Alana Allen | March 11th, 2015

Spring Show 2015 - CopyCEO and founder, Shaunielle Foster of Footsteps to Follow has set out to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities such as juvenile diabetes, sickle cell anemia, ADHD and many more. Based in Greensboro, N.C., the mission of Footsteps to Follow is to cultivate strong, confident and driven children with special needs from the ages of two to 18. Established in 2010, the organization has been committed to guiding and supporting children in the program and their next footsteps.

Under Foster’s leadership, she has contributed significantly to the needs of children in North Carolina. Especially through the organization’s signature fundraiser, the Traveling Tutus; an initiative that raises funds to pay medical expenses for children with various diseases. In May 2014, the fundraiser started off as a way to support traveling expenses of children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) to and from Canada for medical treatments. OI is a genetic bone disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily; it is also known as Brittle Bone Disease. The fundraiser in its first year helped 19 children locally with this disease.

“When we first started, we set out to support a young man with OI that was wheel chair bound; it was a way for us to alleviate the family’s stress and help make a difference,” says Foster. “A lot of families are struggling due to limited resources and the lack of insurance. It is key for us that we help those in need, and provide support along the way.”

Since the debut of the Traveling Tutu fundraiser, Foster has been busy making tutus and making strides in raising awareness on this amazing cause. Using her marketing skills, she has found various ways to promote the fundraisers and has found success in sharing photos to bring attention to this effort. She has made tutus for birthday parties, pageants, 5K races, fashion shows, ballet recitals and new moms. The Traveling Tutus offers a variety of selections and sizes for newborns, toddlers, children and adults. Tutus can be custom-made and tailored in short maxi or full maxi style.

Footsteps to Follow is also involved in other programs in the community such as Kids Care for Kids at Cone Health and providing gifts to children at additional hospitals, agencies and hospices. The organization also sends monthly contributions to the Lion’s Heart Foundation that supports children with OI.

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, the Traveling Tutus will take center stage at Footsteps to Follow Spring Fashion Show – Frozen to Golden. The event will take place at the Clarion Hotel Airport in Greensboro from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and all proceeds will go towards children in need. There will be performances, spoken word, dancing, singing and most important fashion. “This is a great opportunity for all children to have a chance to be who they are, be confident, showcase their personality while having fun at the same time,” says Foster.

In the future, Footsteps to Follow is looking to establish a headquarters that is a safe haven that offers tutoring, dance classes and a facility that is wheel chair accessible. For more information about the Traveling Tutus and Footsteps to Follow, visit
www.footstepstofollow.weebly.com

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