Fear breast cancer no more

Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie is not the only woman to have shown courage in the face of cancer recently.

At a cancer awareness programme organised by entrepreneur Shalini Vig Wadhwa and the Indian Cancer Society, 12 women breast cancer reconstruction patients walked the ramp in designer clothes and jewellery. They were cheered on by supporting apparel and jewellery designers, the who’s who of Delhi and most importantly their families.
The event, titled ‘Festival of Hope – The Pink Blue Ribbon Fest,’ was held at DLF5 Club, Gurgaon.

On the occasion, Joint Secretary, Indian Cancer Society, Indira Jasuja expressed, “Our organisation has been holding these fashion shows by and for breast cancer reconstruction patients since last year. We are most happy to be organising such events as they boost the confidence of breast cancer victims and tell them that there is life beyond this disease. The treatment is important, but more crucial is your attitude towards health and beauty.” Dr Bhola of Bholasons Jewellery, who sponsored the models’ ornaments, added, “We are really glad to be participating in something as serious as breast cancer awareness. For years, we have been a part of our customers’ celebrations - weddings, anniversaries, festivals etc., but through this event, we will be honouring those fiercely-willed women who have battled such a fatal medical condition and emerged vi­ct­or­ious.”

The event was also praised by ‘Men Against Breast Cancer’ who applauded the men who have stood tall and strong for the women they love when they fought breast cancer.
At the event, singer Anamika enthralled the audience with her song ‘Boom Boom’- A tribute to Nazia Hassan who lost her life to cancer. Former Bollywood actor Swaroop Sampat graced the occasion with her presence. Other than the breast reconstruction patients, Imam Siddique and Pooja Mishra also walked the ramp to express support for the cause.

Cancer survivor Preeti, who walked the ramp, shared with Metrolife, “I had cancer in 2003 and to fight this incurable disease my family and kids were a great support. I came over it with all the positivity I could gather. Through this festival, I would like to say, handle cancer with positivity. That is the only way to win over it.”  

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