On Sunday, October 8th, 2017, I had the pleasure of being asked to blog for my former manager and now friend, A’Cynthia Villery – store manager of Chico’s Pearland Town Square in Houston, Texas.
This was such a special event because our models were actual cancer survivors and it was truly a blessing to interact with such profound women. On display that entire day, were women with prolific strength, determination and strong wills to live.
I am so proud to have been a part of this event and be able to share it with my Prosers. I will now allow the stories to speak for themselves. ~ Author Mara Prose
Pretty Girls With Cancer
Meet Kandice Survivor Chick Rose the Co-Founder & Executive Director Pretty Girls With Cancer. Her non-profit runs strictly on donations that support women with cancer year round. After you read her story and feel in your heart that you want to make a difference by supporting Pretty Girls With Cancer contact Kandice today at http://www.prettygirlswithcancer.com/. Please do not forget to click on the “Our Story” section and read Kandice’s amazing story of survival, passion and purpose.
Let me introduce you to cancer survivor Cindy Ram of Pretty Girls With Cancer that modeled at the Chico’s Cancer Awareness Fashion Show. She is a 34 year old Harris County Deputy Constable at Precinct 5, who was diagnosed right before her 33rd birthday.
Tina Russell is another cancer survivor with Pretty Girls With Cancer that modeled. She has a family history of cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer February 2009 and her father diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer August 2011, later to lose his earthly life to cancer and to gain his Heavenly life with God Sept 2012. Tina, herself was diagnosed a year later, August 2013 with Triple Negative Breast Cancer DCIS stage 1 and underwent a left mastectomy. What a phenomenal woman is she!!
Diamone Broussard is a cancer survivor with Pretty Girls With Cancer; another amazing model for the event. Diamone Broussard is a mother of two, business owner (diamondpieces.net) embellished apparel and jewelry), Breast Cancer Blogger and Awareness Advocate (www.ConfidenceForTheCure.com) and as of this year, a survivor of stage 3 breast cancer!
Tamiko Byrd is also a cancer survivor with Pretty Girls With Cancer. A wellness challenge by her employer sent Tamiko, a breastfeeding mom, to her college health services department to complete wellness documents- October 13, 2015 changed her life- she was immediately scheduled for her first mammogram, subsequent biopsy the next day, and on October 26, 2015 diagnosed with Stage III Metastatic Breast Cancer! In disbelief- her college health services scheduled a 2nd opinion at MD Anderson on November 4th, 2015, where two additional tumors were found and her diagnoses was upgraded to Stage IV. Praise God this beautiful, vivacious woman still graces the world with her presence!
Andrea Bradford a cancer survivor with Pretty Girls With Cancer, was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in June of 2014. She is currently in remission but through her faith in God, she considers herself cured. Married to Melvin Bradford, Pastor of Calvary Hill Christian Center Church in MIssouri City, TX; she has 2 children, Melvin Bradford, Jr., and Adrianne Kendrick and 2 beautiful grandchildren, Halo, and Harper. God is good!
Kitty Lane aka Raven Binkley with Pretty Girls With Cancer who modeled at the Chico’s Cancer Awareness Fashion Show was diagnosed with AML Leukemia 2012 and a recipient of a Bone Marrow Transplant from her brother. As of September 2017 (after 5 long years), she is in TOTAL REMISSION!
Let me introduce you to another one of our models at the Chico’s Cancer Awareness Fashion Show featuring Pretty Girls With Cancer Angel Chenier. She is a 5 month survivor who was diagnosed 12/16/16 with Stage I Bilateral Breast Cancer – Ductal right breast and Ductal and Lobular left breast; detected through an Annual Screening. Her mother, Becky Chenier, lost her battle with lung cancer on February 4, 2015. Angel loves to make gift baskets and plan children’s events.
Thank you ladies for sharing time, your stories and your strength with us!
Special Guest Speakers at Chico’s Cancer Awareness Fashion Show
Dr. Sabrina Echols – Elliott
Dr. Sabrina Echols-Elliott is a family medicine doctor in Houston, Texas. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Cindy Keller is owner of CVM Fierce Fitness, LLC. She is here to help you achieve a balanced lifestyle: spiritually, mentally & physically without breaking your bank or becoming frustrated with the process. Visit her Facebook page today and get signed to Get Right and Get Tight!
Author Mara Prose
Author Mara Prose is not only an author; but a blogger, poet and now radio show host. She has a new podcast in development and her first book is due out shortly after the first of the year (2018). Chico’s is one of her favorite stores and she is always happy to blog for all the fashion show events. You can follow all her upcoming endeavors at www.maraprose.blog