SEEN Fashion Director Rachel Schostak is raising money for the Reuben Pheonix Congengital Heart Research Fund in honor of her nephew. Click here to support her cause.
By Stephanie Steinberg
Photography by Boswell Hardwick
We’re excited to share that SEEN Fashion Director Rachel Schostak was picked as one of Tapper’s 2018 Jewelry Stars who give back.
Each year, Tapper’s Jewelry recognizes members of the community who exemplify style and commitment to giving back. Each star selects a charity to benefit from the Jewelry Stars Give Back program. All charities receive a donation from Tapper’s in honor of each Jewelry Star. The Jewelry Star who raises the most money by Dec. 31 will receive an additional $2,500 from Tapper’s for his or her charity.
“I am honored that Tapper’s picked me as a Jewelry Star who gives back this season,” Schostak says. “While I appreciate the recognition for my style, it means a lot to use this opportunity to raise awareness and money for a meaningful cause.”
Schostak picked the Reuben Pheonix Congengital Heart Research Fund through C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital because her nephew, Reuben Phoenix Schostak, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome — a rare heart defect that makes it difficult to pump blood to the body.
Reuben was born on March 12, 2014 at the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital and was quickly transferred to the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. From that moment, the Schostaks’ biggest concern became Reuben’s future. They did not want baby gifts; they wanted family and friends to be able to support their son and other children with congenital heart disease.
As Reuben was undergoing his first surgery, his parents decided to create the Reuben Phoenix Schostak Congenital Heart Center Research Fund at Mott.
Today, Reuben has finished his three-stage surgical repair of his hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and his doctors at Mott are watching him for future interventions.
SEEN also featured Reuben in our December 2018 holiday fashion spread. Make sure to order a copy to see Reuben decked out in holiday fashion.