On October 6, 2012, the Speed Sisters, founders of Fashion for the Cure, held their fourth annual runway show themed ‘Pink Passion in the City’ in remembrance of their mother Nancy C. Speed. The event was hosted by two handsome gentlemen, Mr. Terrence Head and Mr. Ogunna Njoku who did a great of job filling the room with smiles and laughter. Vendors such as Conscious Threadz and Styles by Elo were cleverly stationed around the venue, Lounge 201, making it a CHIC shopping experience as well.
Prior to the actual event Mz Mahogany Chic took part in an exclusive photo-shoot campaign with the models to walk in the show.
Fashion for the Cure 2012 Photoshoot
During the show, models strutted their stuff wearing designs from South Moon Under, Goodwill of the Greater Washington, and Frugalista. The fashion part of the event was broken into four phases (click on any image to see the full slideshow).
The runway show was amazing but the event was much more than displaying some of the hottest fashions. It allowed communities to come together to honor some of its most brilliant warriors in the struggle of breast cancer. It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the lives of those lost and those continuing to fight. It brought together women and men from all different walks of life that shared one common factor: fighting the existence of breast cancer. Some of the city’s most courageous women were put on display and honored for their struggle with breast cancer by receiving or being nominated for the Might Oak Award and the Community of Support Award.
What exactly are “Mighty Oak Awards” you ask? The Mighty Oak Awards are presented to breast cancer patients and /or survivors that demonstrate the following characteristics: Strength, determination, conviction, grace, and support to others. The honorees are selected for either the Adele Ross or Nancy C Speed Mighty Oak Award.
Adele Ross, who passed in March 2012, is remembered as a constant fighter who found her strength in God and infused her joy in others with a simple smile and words of encouragement. Her award was presented to candidates that remained courageous and faithful against great diversity. Nancy C Speed, who passed away in August of 2005, experienced four separate battles with breast cancer over a 10 year period. She is remembered for her positivity and motivation. Her award was presented to candidates that used breast cancer diagnosis as a means of educating, advocating for or inspiring others affected by breast cancer.
- Valerie Holtz – The Adele Ross Mighty Oak Award - After overcoming a mastectomy, degenerative joint disease and the loss of her mother who was car jacked and murdered, Valerie went on to support her own sister when she learned she had cancer in both breasts while homeless and unemployed. Today Valerie continues to educate women in her community and reminds women that ‘Cancer ain’t got nothing on me!’
- Norma Davila – Nancy C. Speed Mighty Oak Award - Norma battled breast cancer twice with no health insurance. She was bumped from one institution to another but gained assistance through charity programs and clinical trials. Today she is healthy, passing along her story in the Hispanic community, empowering and helping others.
The Community of Support Award recipient was Healing with Basketball, which was co-founded in 2007 by Lynn Grodzki (a Mighty Oak award nominee) and Andrew Weiss for educating and inspiring thousands of breast cancer survivors and others through “Healing with Basketball – Rebounding after Breast Cancer” monthly clinics.
Congratulations to all award recipients and nominees for winning your struggle and supporting your communities.