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Two LI teens use fashion to fight pancreatic cancer

Sophie Koppleman Fritz and Becky Broxmeyer, both 16,

Sophie Koppleman Fritz and Becky Broxmeyer, both 16, are organizers of "Fashion 4 the Cure," a fashion event designed to raise money for the fight against pancreatic cancer Credit: handout art

Two 16-year-olds are waging a war against pancreatic cancer and they’re using fashion as a weapon.

Sophie Koppelman Fritz of Roslyn Harbor and Becky Broxmeyer of Muttontown, with the help of volunteer fashion troops, have organized what promises to be a fashion extravaganza called “Fashion 4 the Cure,” at the Engineer’s Club in Roslyn Harbor, on April 6. They expect to raise -- get this -- $100,000 – to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research.

Both girls, who attend Friends Academy in Locust Valley, suffered a loss of loved ones to pancreatic cancer. Sophie lost her grandmother, Bunny Koppelman, in 2008. Becky’s father, Mark, passed away last May at the age of 61.

So why a fashion show? “Everybody loves a good fashion show,” says Sophie. And in fact, this one promises to be very good indeed, featuring the designs of Woodbury-based Christina Makowsky whose sense of style is near legendary (she operated three Georgina boutiques selling luxe designer duds for 28-years) and whose two-year old eponymous collection is, well, stunning and gaining fans among celebrities including those high rolling “Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

While moms will model these couture looks, the girls enlisted friends to strut the runway in spring fashion donated by TopShop. These clothes will be auctioned off after the show which is divided into sections from feminine florals, to a black and white Coco Chanel-inspired segment to a sporty portion that Sophie calls, “American chic.”

Becky feels all around great about the event. “We’re supporting Lustgarten awareness, getting people involved and getting the support of their families. My dad was really into charity work and I’m happy to be following in his footsteps. I know he’d be proud.”

For more information on “Fashion 4 the Cure,” and to get tickets go to: http:// or call 516-803-2304.

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