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Heroes in Heels

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Once a year, a wonderful program sponsored by the Cool Springs YMCA in Tennessee puts on a fashion show to benefit their program. The program is called The ABCs of Cancer. This program is for cancer survivors and meets monthly to teach new information regarding cancer survivorship. The classes reinforce living a healthy lifestyle. Topics are picked based on interest of the group and applicable subject matter. These women are decreasing the odds of their cancer returning by taking charge of their health proactively. It is about a healthy lifestyle, mind, body, and spirit.

The ABC Program is funded on donations. Thus, annually, they have a fashion show whereby cancer survivors get to be the models. This is the only fundraiser of the year for this program. Other organizations, companies, or individuals donate all other monies to keep this program up and running. 

This event, appropriately named Heroes in Heels, is a day whereby women who have been poked and prodded in the past by the medical community come together to get pampered. Outfits are picked out that flatter their assets and show the latest in fashion trends. Prior to their walk down the runway, they are treated to a face makeover to learn how to enhance their inner beauty.

The benefit of this night is not lost on those who attend. Each runway model is introduced and after hearing about their apparel and accessories, the audience is told how many years they have lived cancer free. Each model is applauded before leaving the stage, with a smile befitting a woman who has conquered the odds and won!

This year’s night was held and sponsored by Belks in the Cool Springs Galleria. They pulled out all the stops, ending the evening with a tribute to the heroes lined up on stage for one final bow. Each model was given one pink rose and serenaded by a solo artist on stage. He sang an inspirational song to the women as they stood together on stage. All twenty stars raised their rose to the sky as he sung the last chorus, in unison and without any prompting, to salute life and survival of the spirit.


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