Alison Hicks has made it her mission to let sick kids have fun and play dress up.
But Hicks, whose nonprofit group the Chelsea Hicks Foundation's Chelsea's Closet provides costumes to sick children in Portland-area hospitals, got her own turn to play dress up earlier this year when she was flown to New York City for a photo shoot with Glamour magazine.
'It was very fun,' Hicks said. 'They took us to this fancy spa and had our hair and makeup done, and the next day was this big photo shoot.'
The photo shoot was the grand prize for Glamour magazine's 'Best of You' contest, which honors the nation's most inspirational women.
Named after Hicks' daughter, Chelsea's Closet provides sick children a few hours to escape and have fun each month, by delivering outfits and costumes for kids being treated at Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital and Doernbecher Children's Hospital's oncology ward.
The foundation currently serves about 850 children a year, and Hicks said she plans to expand.
'There are only 170 children's oncology units in the nation,' Alison's husband and co-founder Jason Hicks said. 'We want to go to them all.'
The Hickses know firsthand how important it is for sick children to have the chance to play and unwind.
Hicks' daughter, Chelsea died in 2009 from Wilms' tumor, a type of children's kidney cancer. Her favorite pastime was playing dress up.
Alison was nominated by a family member, and said she had no idea about 'Best of You' until she got a call from Glamour magazine.
Along with the photo shoot, the foundation received a $1,000 donation from Glamour.
The proceeds will go toward purchasing more costumes and accessories.
The issue of Glamour magazine is on newsstands now.