NYC Fashion Week 2013

Fashion Week 2013 in NYC doesn’t usually bring images of cancer patients and survivors. But this week, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing. Yep, I’m headed for the Big Apple to meet my designer, Samina Mughal, who has put together some outfits for me to walk the runway. Did I say walk the runway?  It seems odd that due to cancer, I’ve been given the opportunities of a lifetime!  My whole 15 minutes of fame is being used in this one event, and I couldn’t be happier. The fashion show and dinner will benefit BeatLiverTumors, my cancer mentor’s non-profit. Suzanne Lindley has single-handedly brought awareness to advanced treatments for liver cancer and on the stage will be patients, caregivers and supporters who have watched Suzanne, a force of nature, over the last 8 years. Suzanne continues to do battle with cancer.  She was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer at age 31 and given six months to live. Suzanne didn’t take that prognosis. She sought treatment, one after the other, each one giving her more time with her three girls and husband, and more time to advocate. If you want to know the secret to living well, no matter the circumstances, you won’t want to miss Suzanne’s address to the audience.  When I was diagnosed, I wanted to speak with a woman, any woman, who had gone through colon cancer. I was given Suzanne’s name and number. Since that day, my life has grown larger from cancer, been more purposeful and fulfilling and has a bit of dazzle to it, too.

fashion week 2013

Raising money for BeatLiverTumors