A Walk Among the Stars Celebrates a Milestone Anniversary

Salma Bushala-Hamud peers out anxiously from behind a thick black curtain. The show is about to start at A Walk Among the Stars, an event she has chaired for over 23 years and holds a special place in her heart due to her own battle with cancer, as well as her daughter’s. The room goes dark, with only a single backlight illuminating the silhouette of a model about to walk down the runway.

But this is no ordinary fashion show.

For Salma, the 700-plus audience and the cancer survivors about to take the stage, this will be a transformative experience like no other — filled with emotion, hope and an exuberant display of courage and survivorship.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of A Walk Among the Stars, an inspiring event that brings together survivors, families, clinicians, community members and donors to both celebrate those who have bravely fought the battle with cancer, and support the lifesaving care of St. Jude’s Crosson Cancer Institute. To highlight this milestone year, the event is transitioning from a traditional luncheon to a Saturday evening gala—and according to Salma, no detail will be spared in creating an unforgettable experience.

“We really wanted to elevate this year’s event and make it a night to remember for everyone, from our cancer survivor models to our supporters who give generously to make these survivor stories possible,” she says. “If you’ve never been to A Walk Among the Stars, this is the year to come. And if you’ve attended before, you won’t want to miss the special things we have in store for our pearl anniversary.”

Some of those unique experiences include:

  • Fashion show featuring cancer survivor models from the event’s 30-year history
  • Live entertainment and dancing
  • Live auction featuring a St. Thomas Luxury Vacation Rental and Park City Getaway during Sundance Film Festival
  • Golden Ticket opportunity drawing for a Seven-Night European River Cruise

Proceeds from this year’s event will help complete the final phase in St. Jude’s priority initiative to fully transition its Kathryn T. McCarty Breast Center to state-of-the-art 3D mammography. With the project already at 86% of its fundraising goal, A Walk Among the Stars is expected to put it over the top.

Accelerating the race to the finish is a $150,000 Challenge Gift posed by two generous families. Donors during the event’s paddle raise will have the opportunity to have their gifts be doubled.

“For many of us blessed enough to call ourselves survivors, we know that early detection is key to overcoming this terrible disease,” says Salma. “By helping secure this groundbreaking technology, we can replace pain and suffering with hope and healing for thousands of women across north Orange County. That is such an incredible honor.”

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s event! Photos will be posted on the St. Jude Memorial Foundation Facebook page soon.