KMIR6 News Team Strut the Runway for Cancer Research
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
INDIAN WELLS - It was fashion and fun for a cause Saturday afternoon at the annual Susan G. Komen - Sleep in for the Cure. The event was at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells. Not only did our cameras meet brave cancer survivors but the KMIR 6 News team walked the runway in support of the cause.
For these survivors, the day they found out they had breast cancer is a day they will never forget. "I received a phone call. I had just had a mammogram 20 years ago and they told me I had to see a surgeon who confirmed I had breast cancer in my left breast,” says survivor Micki Greenspan.
"I called a friend and I said come with me. We went to the doctors and the internist came in and I said, 'Hey, I don't think this is good news, is it?' and she said 'No, it's not'. So, I went ahead and had a double mastectomy, reconstruction, radiation, chemo. I had no hair,” says survivor Suzy Cadham.
KMIR6 partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to model a “Grease” inspired fashion show in support of breast cancer research. Manny the Movie Guy, Gloria Rodriguez, Thalia Hayden, Angela Monroe, Gitzel Puente and Matt Vanderveer made their way down the runway to help support a cause dear to their hearts. “The best part of this show is that it really brings awareness to women to early detect. That's what this whole thing is about,” says Fashion Show Coordinator Caroldean Ross.
Ross says no community gives back like the Coachella Valley does. "It almost chokes me up because everyone that can does. This community, I am so proud to be apart of it,” says Ross.
She says the fashion show is supposed to be fun-- full of costumes, hair and make up; an event that will inspire people to donate and educate. "The one ribbon that runs through all these women is that they find strength; that they never knew they had and they really learn to fight for something bigger than themselves,” says Ross.
Not to mention, events like Sleep in for the Cure help the survivors to stay strong. "All of these women come across as dynamic, incredible women that go on to save their own lives but they really are about saving other people as well,” says Ross.
The subject matter is tough: breast cancer. But at the end of the day, this fundraiser is for those living with cancer, those who have survived and those who have loved ones struggling with the disease. "It's a good way for people to learn about breast cancer and self exams; that you can survive and I’m on the other side now and I can look back and say I did it!" says Greenspan.
"I am so grateful for everything I have in my life. I'm waiting to get to my five year mark so I can say, hey, I’ve reached my five year mark,” says Cadham.
Click here to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.