I am proud to be a part of something bigger than me. To help those who come after me by showing them that life can be even better post-BC, I am living a passion I never saw coming. The runway event strengthened my belief in the power of giving, supporting and encouraging others. Though men have served as tremendous caregivers and supporters of those they love, it is the women who have pulled together to make such positive outcomes possible. We celebrated our power in this fashion show, and I am forever grateful to have been a part of it.
Being part of the Runway for the Cure was an amazing experience! I was humbled and touched by every woman's story. My biggest takeaway was watching everyone's smiles and confidence grow as they walked down the runway to the audience's applause.
For me, the event helped me meet a lot of different women in various stages of treatment, so the friendships that formed were the main thing I took away from it. But also, it was a wonderful way to take a "day off" from thinking about cancer and all the things we had to sacrifice in order to manage our disease. We got to feel pampered and glamorous and do something fun. I like to think of it as being a princess for a day!
I modeled in Runway to the Cure to be supportive and help showcase to others that cancer doesn't have to mean death, and people can still look absolutely beautiful whether currently going through treatment or after the journey. Even though I only knew one person the day of the event, I left Runway to the Cure feeling as if I had spent a wonderful day hanging out with my best girlfriends who are not only beautiful but also happy, dynamic, powerful and vibrant women empowered to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. It was the most delightful day and the color "pink" never looked better!
The Runway to the Cure was an opportunity to celebrate all of us, our strengths, our challenges, and how far we've come. I loved meeting other strong women and making new friendships. Although none of us asked to be in this 'sorority', I am sure glad we have each other!
Hornswoggled into modeling in the 2018 Runway for the Cure fashion show, I needn't have worried at all. I enjoyed the whole process: deciding what categories of clothing I wanted to model, visiting the sponsors and assembling my outfit, the camaraderie of pre-show preparation, through to the excitement of the runway. It was a day of great fun for a worthy cause.
Breast cancer has many scary moments, but also many blessings. Being a model gives you the chance to meet other courageous women and to hear their stories. It helped me step out of my comfort zone and try something new.