By Jessica Hoover
The Oct. 12 Pink Ribbon Connection Stars of Pink breast cancer survivor fashion show will celebrate 25 years of raising funds for central Indiana breast cancer survivors and their families.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the event will feature 25 breast cancer survivor models, each representing their own survivorship from one year up to 25 years.
Pam Burks, a breast cancer survivor and Fishers resident, will walk the runway after 21 years of survivorship. Her cancer was detected in 1998 after a routine mammogram at age 47. She had a lumpectomy and the removal of 24 lymph nodes under both arms, plus four rounds of chemotherapy and 33 sessions of radiation followed by five years of Tamoxifen and three years of Aromasin treatment.
Following treatment, Burks spent five years as a Y-Me (now the Pink Ribbon Connection) board member and continues to support the organization.
The Stars of Pink fashion show is from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a reception at 10 a.m., a luncheon at 11 a.m. and the fashion show at noon. At 11:40 a.m., there also will be a balloon release in memory of those who have battled breast cancer. Participants will release 1,000 pink balloons. The event is at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
“They turn all the lights down and bring all the models from backstage, and they do this pink balloon release,” Burks said. “All of these pink balloons go in the air, and it is so, so moving. It’s so inspiring to watch survivors even longer than I go on stage and strut their stuff, just proud of the fact that they are a survivor.”
The fashion show will feature items from local boutique The Secret Ingredient. Tickets start at $100. Tables start at $1,000. For tickets, visit pinkribbonconnection.org/fashion-show-2019.html.