Model patients: Breast-cancer survivors, doctors put on fashion show

Model patients: Breast-cancer survivors, doctors put on fashion show
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

They catwalked for a cure.

Breast-cancer survivors and doctors strutted their stuff at a Williamsburg fashion show on Tuesday to raise money for the Sunset Park treatment center where they fight the good fight, and one of the stylish survivors said it was one uplifting runway.

“It was so exciting,” said Cheryl Schafer, a patient at the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center who modeled at the Wythe Hotel event.

The doctors who walked at Maimonides’ Pink Runway Fashion Show said the event was also a way to empower their patients and remind them they are more than their disease.

“Having someone fuss over them is a way of saying, ‘You’re okay, and there is life after breast cancer, and life is not defined by breast cancer,’ ” said Dr. Donna Marie Manasseh, who helped kick off the center’s first fashion show last year.

Schafer got to keep her stylish and practical outfit from post-surgery clothing company Reboundwear, which creates garb with easy-access zippered openings for chemotherapy treatment, she said.

The survivor said she was thrilled to play dress-up for the center, where she is currently undergoing treatment for the third time since 2008.

“I love supporting Maimonides because I feel they saved my life three times,” she said.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.