As Courtney’s classmates completed the first semester of their senior year in high school, Courtney spent the holidays and six weeks thereafter in the hospital, diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma of the bone. She had been experiencing a great deal of pain that was finally found to be caused by malignant tumors in the bones of her pelvis. Courtney began chemotherapy treatments that continued for almost a year. During that time, she also endured radiation, which required that she be treated in Boston, far from her home in rural Virginia. The type of cancer that Courtney battled has a high recurrence rate, but Courtney has handled her situation calmly and maturely, as she handles most situations that come her way.
Her Fashion Week experience began with the very modern Herve Leger show at Bryant Park, where she watched from her spot in line as reality star Whitney Port entered the show. She saw many stars in New York, including Julia Stiles, the Hilton sisters, Diane Sawyer, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Anna Wintour (from Vogue), and one of stylist Rachel Zoe’s assistants, Brad, who were all enjoying the show. She also attended the Diane Von Furstenberg, Max Azria, Jill Stewart, Badgley Mischka and Brian Reyes shows! Courtney even had a behind-the-scenes look at Castle Hill Apparel!!!
According to Courtney, “This trip meant so much to me, and it was one of the greatest weeks I’ve had in a long time! Actually, the trip inspired me to apply to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Fashion Merchandising program as soon as I got home. Being immersed in the fashion industry for just a little while last week really gave me the push to make my dream of working in fashion a possibility, and I owe it to Madeline and everyone at Kids Wish Network!”