Local fashion show raises funds to help children with asthma

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Rockford, Ill (WIFR) -- Kendel Sherman was in the 5th grade when she passed away and her mother Tamica Fricks wants other to know how dangerous asthma can be.

“I lost my daughter in 2015 from an asthma attack, so I don't want others to go through that experience of losing a child,” said Fricks.

"In the community and nationwide, everyone just thinks of asthma as, 'oh you know you just take an inhaler or breathing treatment,' but it's so much more. They don't realize how dangerous it is."

After Kendel's death, Fricks created the Kendal Sherman Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping children and families with love ones who have asthma.

"I want to be that one to make a difference and bring asthma awareness here in Rockford," said Fricks.

The foundation hosted its second annual fashion show, a fundraiser to help the organization purchase a 15 passenger van to transport families with children who have asthma get to their doctors’ appointments.

"A lot of times it's hard to get them to and from and these appointments are very important because asthma can take someone’s life if it gets to that point,” said foundation program manager Mykel Goodloe.

“We want to make sure everyone have an equal opportunity to get to these appointments, to get the medication they need, etc."

Performers sang and models hit the catwalk in their freshest 90's apparel, all in the name of helping the Rockford community.

"Anything related to helping someone else other than myself I’m all in for it,” said Goodloe.

“It doesn't really take much for me, so as long as I know it's for a good cause, I’m all in."