Johns Creek fashion show to celebrate people with special needs 

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Johns Creek fashion show to celebrate people with special needs 

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The 2nd annual Johns Creek "Fashion Speaks on the Creek," a special needs fashion show, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17. Last year, more than 500 people turned out to see more than 50 special needs models of all ages rock the runway. They were escorted by the Johns Creek Police Department.

Karyn Greer, Atlanta News Anchor, will host again this year. This year, Star Wars will be storming the runway along side police officers, shining a light on exceptional models.  

“It truly was an amazing day last year. . .empowering our beautiful people, and bringing awareness to our community,” Linda Hickey, president, Jonny & Xena's Spread the Words Foundation, organizer of the event, said in an e-mail.

The fashion show will take place at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17 (Doors open at 3:15) at Johns Creek High School, 5575 State Bridge Road Johns Creek. Belk is providing the clothes. $10 tickets at Xenathewarriorpuppy.com. Tickets also available at the door. 

The inspiration for Xena's Spread the Words Foundation goes back to 2013. It all started with Jonny Hickey, a young boy diagnosed with autism who lead an extremely quiet life with little outside interaction. 

  And then, Jonny created an unbreakable bond with a puppy who had a story of her own. (Xena was a puppy brought into Dekalb County Animal Services weighing only four pounds and was clinging to life. Her story was put on social media and as she was being nursed back to health, her fans dubbed her Xena the Warrior Puppy. Soon after, the Hickeys adopted her through Friends of DeKalb).

  Instantly, Jonny transformed.  

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