Kim Christiansen made the point at the Little Hearts Fashion Show and Luncheon on Friday that it’s our responsibility to help parents and families of kids with heart problems. Most often they are working and can’t take off as much as they’d like to, and most often they need help with resources and plan of care.

The Little Hearts Fashion Show has, unbelievably, been doing this for 29 years for Children’s Hospital Colorado–Lyn Schaffer has tirelessly been the driving force behind this marvelous event for the past 15 of those years and she and the people she works with, including her husband, Dr. Michael Schaffer, are angels.

Returning this year to the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, models and escorts had a great time hamming it up for the audience and the kids’ heart challenges were a distant thought, at least for today. There were even dogs present through the Children’s Hospital Colorado Pet Prescription program, and they were obviously happy too!

Dr. Dunbar Ivy, Selby’s Chair in Pediatric Cardiology and chief of the cardiology department at Children’s Hospital Colorado, once again returned to tell the audience about new strides being made in the field and the good work being accomplished at Children’s.

Dr. Michael Schaffer presented the Sam and Fern Primack Heart Who Cares Award to Dr. Robert Wolff, a humble leader in the field whom Dr. Schaffer called his “mentor and role model.”

Then the much-anticipated fashion show began, as kids and their escorts (community leaders, kids’ doctors and a few firefighters and some happy dogs) paraded down the runway in fashions provided by Dillard’s  And it’s all to benefit the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado.