Dec 11, 2013 12:50 PM by Annie Snead
A young girl with leukemia walked the runway Tuesday night in Colorado Springs.
The local non profit organization Just Be Colorado is working to empower those with cancer, by improving their self-esteem.
"Dakota's just been a warrior, I learn something new from her everyday," said Donna Kisling.
She said her daughter Dakota has given her a new perspective on life.
Dakota was diagnosed with leukemia in April.
"Obviously as a parent you feel a lot of guilt, you wonder why it's happening and when you see your child go through pain you want to take it for them and you're just absolutely helpless," said Donna.
But both Donna and Dakota have chosen to focus on the positives.
"Keep a positive outlook on things because it could always be worse, I mean obviously cancer is not a good thing but it could always be worse," said Dakota.
Dakota is a ballroom dancer and has always had an interest in modeling.
Tuesday night, she modeled in the Just Be Angels Benefit fashion show.
"We just really want to make a difference especially in this community and hopefully in the world so we just want this organization to just keep growing and we do have a lot of faith in it," said Andrel Huliganga, one of the people who started Just Be.
Just Be is a non profit started by a group of people who want to help those going through cancer.
"We didn't know any children that had cancer and so to put a face to cancer and help them feel better, look better, have the confidence empower them is just huge!" said Donna.
"I really love modeling and I'm excited to have this maybe be an opportunity to lead into bigger and better things modeling wise but also just to support this cause is amazing," said Dakota.
Proceeds go to the organization Look Good, Feel Better that gives wigs and eyebrows to women going through chemo.