Cancer Survivors Hit The Runway for Long Beach Memorial’s Women Guiding Women Mentorship Program

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Julie Molesky, cancer survivor, confidently struts her stuff on the runway  at the 5th Annual “Love Your Mentors” Fashion Show & Silent Auction.

Julie Molesky, cancer survivor, confidently struts her stuff on the runway
at the 5th Annual “Love Your Mentors” Fashion Show & Silent Auction.

More than 300 community members showed their support for the Women Guiding Women: Cancer Support and Education Program at MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Memorial at the 5th Annual “Love Your Mentors” Fashion Show & Silent Auction on Friday, March 20.

“Through the ‘Love Your Mentors’ Fashion Show, we want to give hope to the women who are newly diagnosed with cancer,” says Randal Snyder, co-manager, Women Guiding Women: Cancer Support and Education. “Seeing the courage of survivors is an inspiration for those newly diagnosed women.”

The 5th Annual “Love Your Mentors” Fashion Show & Silent Auction featured mentors, who are cancer survivors, walking down the runway in CAbi designer clothing in celebration of women who have defeated breast and gynecologic cancer. There also was a stage provided for mentors to share their personal stories and how they overcame their battles with breast or gynecologic cancer.

Women Guiding Women: Cancer Support and Education is dedicated to providing newly diagnosed patients with mentors, who are cancer survivors, to help them build a relationship with women who share a common bond of battling cancer. The program shows support to any woman, regardless of financial means or where they receive treatment. The mentorship program is especially noteworthy because the women involved devote their time to building relationships with newly diagnosed cancer patients in order to give them the support that they need.

During the silent auction, attendees also were able to bid on 154 auction items, which were donated by several local and notable designers and vendors. Auction items included fine jewelry, original artwork, restaurant certificates, pet grooming certificates and more.

“Thank you for this day, where we were free from all cancer thoughts,” says Yvonne Rangel, mentor and cancer survivor. “Today was our day, a day of warriors who chose to defeat and live.”

While family and friends can lend a great deal of comfort and encouragement, having someone who has gone through similar experiences to offer support and friendship helps facilitate the healing process. Through their own experience, Women Guiding Women mentors deliver knowledge, support, encouragement and friendship.

Coco Burnam, R.N., cancer survivor, showing off CAbi designer clothing at the  5th Annual Love Your Mentors Fashion Show and Silent Auction.

Coco Burnam, R.N., cancer survivor, showing off Cabi designer clothing at the 5th Annual Love Your Mentors Fashion Show and Silent Auction.

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