SICKKIDS MODEL PROFILE: DR. BARBARA CIFRA
The goal of Fashion Heals in 2016 is to raise awareness and funds for the SickKids Innovation Grant for Paediatric Cancer Care and Research by creatively showcasing accomplishments and impacts of the hospital’s team. The highlight of the event is a vibrant fashion show styled by la closette, featuring 10 ‘models’, all of whom are either SickKids employees or past patients.
We’re enthusiastic to profile and share fun insights about each model before the event on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
MEET THE 2016 FASHION HEALS SICKKIDS MODEL
Dr. BARBARA CIFRA
MD. RESEARCH FELLOW IN THE ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY LABORATORY. DIVISION OF CARDIOLOGY, THE LABATT FAMILY HEART CENTRE. At SickKids SINCE 2012.
What languages do you speak?
Italian and English
Three words people would use to describe you.
Social butterfly, athletic, nurturing.
Why are you participating in Fashion Heals?
I personally know Nat Korol, the co-chair of Fashion Heals, who asked me to participate. I also organize an annual charity event called Hope for Hearts gala to raise awareness on the importance of research for Congenital Heart Disease and support the research done in the Echo Lab by me and my colleagues. I understand the importance of events like these and the impact they have on the hospital and many families.
Your most memorable experience with SickKids:
Everyday is memorable at SickKids. Part of it is because of the passionate people I work with and part of it is because of the exceptional kids I meet. Interacting with families, talking with the kids about their every day challenges, seeing them smile at the end of a long day of exams is extremely rewarding and memorable. Recently, I was examining a child with a severe and progressing disease who was accompanied by his mom. The whole time they were there, this child comforting his mom and when him and I were in the room alone, he said:
“I understand why my mom is afraid. She has to accept that I might not be here one day, but I’m happy with what I have.”
This is one of the most valuable life lessons anyone has ever given me.
What advice would you give to your childhood self?
Follow your dreams more, be more rebellious and keep thinking outside the box.
What book has influenced you the most?
I read constantly but two books really inspired me lately “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of exercise and the Brain” by John J. Ratey, MD. and “The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World” by Ian McGilchrist, MD. Both books are about neuroplasticty. The first explain how through exercise we can shape our mind and improve our learning abilities and memory process. The second one explain the evolutionary reason behind the brain division in left and right hemispheres and how nowadays society reflects unfortunately more our left hemisphere model of thinking.
What’s on your bucket list?
See the Redwood National Park in California, a yoga retreat, a meditation course.
What fashion trend did you embrace wholeheartedly, but now wonder:
Very very pointed toe stilettos. I look at those Italian designer pumps thinking “OMG, how did I possibly walk in those!?”
Your next clothing/accessories purchase will be:
Either a Chanel bag or a Max Mara coat.
How can la closette help you?
I’d like to explore a new look or style. It is difficult to think outside our every day look or simply understand that something unordinary, in reality would looks amazing on you. I am open to suggestions and “transformations.”
About Fashion Heals in support of SickKids:
In 2016, Fashion Heals in support of SickKids is taking place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 starting at 7PM. It’s an annual, vibrant evening event raising awareness and funds for SickKids Hospital by creatively showcasing accomplishments and impacts of the hospital’s team. Our guests will enjoy a private evening at Holt Renfrew‘s flagship location over music, food and entertainment while getting inspired by our one of a kind fashion show organized and styled by la closette and featuring SickKids models. The evening will wrap up with a private shopping experience. If you’d like to join the celebration of SickKids on April 20, 2016 with Fashion Heals, please purchase your tickets here or donate.