Fashion show raises money for cancer

ALBANY, Ga. -- Healthy looks good on everyone. That fact was proven last week when more than 100 people attended the "Survivors in Fashion" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Event coordinator Diane Shillcutt said the event raised $1,345 in donations that will benefit the American Cancer Society and help fund a cure for cancer.

Shillcutt said she was "ecstatic" about the positive response from the community and the was proud of the event.

The "Survivors in Fashion" fundraiser featured 15 female models who are all local cancer survivors. The models outfits were donated by The Crate especially for the show. Premier Design and Joy Crawford donated the jewelry worn by the models during the fashion show.

Shillcutt said the volunteer models represented to the community that cancer affects everyone at any age.

"We had models from ages 13 to 76," said the event coordinator. "(The models) showed everyone that night that there is life after cancer and that they are getting on with their life."

Shillcutt said the success of this year's event may lead to the cancer survivor fashion show to become an annual event.

"Next year we can make it bigger and better," she said. "I think it is important that we have fundraisers (like the survivor fashion show) because cancer affects everyone and the more money we can donate to research the faster they can find a cure."

Shillcutt said she hopes fundraisers like the "Survivors in Fashion" show will one day help create a world where cancer is a foreign word.

"I want to see the day when no one will have to hear the words, 'You have cancer,'" added the event organizer.

According to officials with the American Cancer Society, all donations to the organization go towards a variety of services that include patient outreach, research for a cure and working with lawmakers to pass legislation to help fight cancer.