Sick mom looks for help sending daughter on dream trip

Sick mom looks for help sending daughter on dream trip

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The mother of an aspiring actress and model is looking for community support to fund her daughter's trip to a modeling convention in New York City.

Debi Thornley, who has an incurable dot-map-fingerprint dystrophy and auto-immune disease, said she would be able to pay if it were not for her expensive medications that are not covered by insurance.

Steven and Debi Thornley's 12-year-old daughter, Amber, at right, is a 7th-grader at Birchwood Middle School.

Amber, who has signed up with Casting Hub, was granted access to the invitation-only International Modeling & Talent Association 2014 convention and competition in July, which is expected to be attended by modeling and talent agencies from around the world, Thornley said.

"I haven't been able to do things with Amber because of the disease," Thornley said, not even going to the movies.

Thornley continued, "This is something I need to do with her as a mom and a daughter, but I can't do it without help. If I had one wish, it would be to get the funds for her to do this."

Donations of money - for transportation, lodging and additional copies of Amber's headshot - and clothing are sought, as well as space to host a fundraising event.

To donate, call Thornley at 401-519-5988.


I wish I could say it wasn't true, however I remember being personally invited to this same convention when I was 17. IMTA is a scam. Please consider researching both Casting HUB and IMTA before spending money that you need for your health. Rather, have her take her portfolio to open calls at agencies themselves. If she is to be signed, it would be more likely that it would happen in the agent's office rather than when she is one of thousands of other girls the agents meet. Good luck whatever you decide.