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Breast cancer survivors walk proud in Fight Like a Girl Fashion Show

Last Modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:58 PM

By Jordan Gribble / Special to the American Press

Survivors of breast cancer will take the attitude they used to beat the disease and translate it to the fierceness usually seen in models on the runway at the second annual Fight Like a Girl Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Show and Ball.

The American Cancer Society and local clothier Quad Clothing Co. will hold the fashion show at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the McNeese State University Parra Ballroom.

“Fight Like a Girl is all about showing people that have experienced cancer that they can still be runway beautiful,” clothing designer and event founder Indrea Gordon said. “This is their night, so we dress them and get them all glammed up with hair and makeup. They can be anything they want to be that night.”

The roster of models participating will be volunteers sought out by the cancer society and will include a mix of local breast cancer survivors, current cancer patients, caregivers and professional models.

“We’re really celebrating our survivors with this event. We just want them to know that they’re still beautiful even with what they’ve gone through. We also hope they can be an inspiration to others who are facing this disease,” said Ariel Caraway, American Cancer Society community representative.

Models will be outfitted by Kohl’s Department Store and Quad Clothing Co.

Quad Clothing was founded in 1995 in Seaside, Calif., and relocated to Lake Charles in 2004. Gordon said her designs focus on a high-fashion and red-carpet-ready look at a price point suitable for any client, and that they enable women to “make a statement without saying a word.”

Gordon said the second year of the event has spurred her to do more for the community of breast cancer survivors.

“We’re a custom clothing label, just like Gucci or Calvin Klein with something for everyone. But I’ve been approached by M.D. Anderson to do a line of clothing for breast cancer survivors.

“After a mastectomy many women can’t lift their arms very high, which is why I’m designing a line of Velcro clothing that’s both comfortable and sexy that these women can put on without lifting their arms.”

The event will feature a silent auction, as well as breast cancer awareness merchandise for sale to benefit the cancer society.

Fashion show attendees are encouraged to dress in formal wear. Tickets, available on the night of the event, are $10. For more information, visit www.quadclothingcompany.com or call Gordon at 309-0945.

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