Cure by Design

Cure by Design is a fashion show sponsored by the American Cancer Society. There are 100 models in this show — women, men and children — and all are cancer survivors. And I am one of them. I hesitated at first at the invitation to strut my stuff on a runway. I am not really a spotlight type of person. And showcasing myself in front of a crowd of people makes me a bit self-conscious. But I agreed — I was guaranteed it will be a great time. I was told I’d meet lots of great people. I will get a free meal too. And hey, it’s for a great cause so I couldn’t really turn down the offer.

So I went to a models luncheon today to learn all about the upcoming show. I sat with another breast cancer survivor — a young mom who has survived for three years after a stage 3 diagnosis. I spoke with another women, younger than me and a mom of a three-year-old. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at about the same time as I was and our hair now is strikingly similar. We found ourselves looking at each other before we spoke, taking in the image of our respective dark hair and almost identical sparkly clips holding wild curls in place. And I observed other women and men and children, all of various ages and undoubtedly, all with very powerful stories of cancer survival.

I am told this fashion show is quite amazing and powerful and life-changing. One woman told me she cried through the entire production the first time she attended. So while I am still a bit hesitant about my role as “model” — I find myself wondering if I’ll slip, fall, tumble or crash off the stage — I am eager to be a part of this show. And I welcome all who want to come watch me, support me, or laugh at me in an effort to raise money so that a cure for cancer may someday be in reach.

For those who are interested and able to attend, Cure by Design will take place on Sunday, March 5th from 5:00-6:15 PM at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts on the University of Florida campus. Tickets for attending the show are $15 and can be purchased at the Phillips Center. There is also an opportunity to attend the show and then a reception with meal and silent auction (items to be auctioned include meals with local celebrities, vacations, rounds of golf, spa items, and more). These tickets are $100. Please contact me if you would like to purchase these $100 tickets. Kids are welcome at this extravaganza that will feature music all tied to an animal theme. My boys will be there!

Cancer has given me many new experiences — some of them not so great. But this, I think, will be an experience I will treasure.

Jacki Donaldson