Posted on Thu, Mar. 13, 2003

Students to help stricken girl

By Kamika Dunlap

Mercury News

Saratoga High School students have come together to help one little girl in her battle against a rare skin disease by organizing a fashion show in her honor this month.

The event will help raise money for Kaitlyn Langstaff, 9, of Saratoga who suffers from toxic epidermal necrolysis, a severe form of Stevens Johnson syndrome, which attacks the skin and mucous membranes and causes lesions that resemble second-degree burns.

``We decided it would be nice to pick one person to support,'' said Catherine Chang, a Saratoga High School student and one of the event organizers.

``It motivates other students and puts them in touch with where all our hard work is going to.''

The fashion show is an annual student-run fundraiser for charity. It will be held March 22 on campus in the cafeteria.

There will be a show at 3 p.m. that students are invited to attend, and a later show at 6:30 p.m. for adults.

The later show will include a donation drawing for the Langstaff family, who will be in attendance.

The tickets cost $15 for students, $25 for adults and $30 for VIP seating. Refreshments will be provided.

Some of the prizes offered at the drawing include tickets to Disneyland, a week long trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and a weekend stay at the Hyatt Sainte Claire in San Jose.

For more information about the fashion show call, (408) 867-3411