Beating cancer with confidence on the catwalk

Beating cancer with confidence on the catwalk

January 29
11:12 2018

Typical catwalks feature exotic models clad in clothes most could never hope to afford. But the Denton chapter of the American Cancer Society’s annual “You’re Beautiful!” Luncheon and Style Show is anything but typical.

Discarding the archetypal standard of beauty models, this fashion show favors something a little more grounded in reality: All models featured are cancer survivors.

Fourteen cancer survivors ranging from first-year teenagers to first-year senior citizens donned stylish outfits and took to the stage Friday to show the world — and cancer — that they were here and could not be stopped. What resulted was a teary-eyed crowd and a celebration of the strength the survivors show every day.

Photos by Tate Owen and Jake King/DRC

Kodi Tutt—

"Many people have said that they wish they could change my past and take away the cancer but honestly if I hadn't had this crazy life I wouldn't be who I am today."
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 Justin Watts—

"I was forced to face my own mortality before it really made sense to me... twice."
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 Amy Brumley—

"The mammogram was the only way my type of cancer could be detected."
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 Richard Kitchens—

"Today my task is to learn to live with uncertainty."
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Jayne Keane—

"To say I was shocked to find out I had two enlarged lymph nodes was an understatement — I was devastated."
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Dan Prins—

"So far, life is great!"
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Marilyn Barnett—

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Leslie Hendryx—

"Unfortunately, I am very familiar with cancer. Both of my parents died by the age of 50 from cancer."
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Martha Coburn—

"I know so many touched by this disease, and I thank them for their strength and courage."
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Cindy Oliver—

"I cannot stress how important mammograms are... early detection is important."
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Sandy Ward—

"I was never afraid of death... But losing my hair..."
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1 Comment

  1. Lolo
    Lolo January 30, 01:17

    Very courageous people to get up and take that stand! Reading the quotes you understand more about the thoughts they think on a daily basis. My heart and prayers go out to everyone who has been touched by cancer. Awesome job on the photos you two!!!!!

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