A group of special kids got the chance to walk in the first ever American Girl fashion show.
The fashion show, held last month, benefited the Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Ava Lopez has been through a lot in her short nine years here on earth.
It all started when she was born with a birthmark on her face.
“I had port wine stain on my cheek,” Ava said.
The port wine stain, as it's called, had spread to her eye, causing pediatric glaucoma.
Ava has had two surgeries at Phoenix Children's Hospital-- and is scheduled for another this year.
She's become accustomed to all the nurses, doctors and employees at the hospital... And that's why she was chosen last month to participate in the first ever Arizona American Girl fashion show.
“I just loved it here, they just took care of me a lot, so I just wanted to be in the fashion show because I love American Girl, so that's why,” says Ava. “I love the dolls and I really like Grace and how they match the doll to the person, it's fun.”
Money raised from the fashion show goes back to the Phoenix Children's Hospital to help other kids like Ava.
As for this little model -- she said she loved every minute of it.
“Well, because I get to walk on the runway and I've never been on a runway before and I like an audience and that's why.”