Every kid knows back-to-school shopping is the consolation prize for the end of summer—new clothes help soften the blow of a return to dreaded homework—and last weekend, more than 100 people got an up-close look at what's trending this year at the Galleria.

MD Anderson Children's Center Hospital pediatric patients, along with their siblings and caregivers, donned the season's most popular looks from retailers like Zara, Athleta, Gap, Macy's, Francesca's, Vera Bradley, Tilly's, and Buckle and took their turn on the runway to show off graphic tees, patterned denim, and letterman jackets before a standing-room-only crowd in the mega mall's Nordstrom wing.

It was the ninth year for the back-to-school fashion show, an annual collaboration between MD Anderson and the Galleria, which also included interactive, family-friendly activities like face-painting and balloon-twisting. After the fashion show, MD Anderson puppeteers promoted cancer prevention with "Too Cool to Smoke."

Houston Life host Courtney Zavala once again emceed the popular event, which drew a crowd including MD Anderson patients, family, and staff.

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