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Fashion show raises money to fight cancer

March 25, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Spring fashions hit the runway at the Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown on Saturday as more than 100 women eyed new designs and helped support Y-ME of Cumberland Valley, a Hagerstown-based breast cancer support organization.

"I just love the clothes. And it's a good cause," said Judy Glass, 62, of Chambersburg, Pa., one of the models. "

The clothes on display were from the Weekenders USA clothing line, which sponsors the spring and fall Y-ME fashion shows that have been held since 1998.

The fashion shows raise money through an auction and ticket sales. Last year, the shows raised $2,500, said Joan Fell, executive director of the local Y-ME organization.

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Y-ME offers free mammograms, wigs and support groups. For more information call 301-791-5843, Fell said.

The fund raising is important because "there are people that need mammograms who can't afford them," said Hilda Stoner, 74, of Hagerstown.

Stoner, one of the cancer survivors who took to the runway Saturday, is a three-time cancer survivor who said early detection is the key to beating cancer.

"I've been one of the fortunate ones," she said. "The secret is to get it early."

Stoner said both of her breast cancers were discovered during regular annual mammograms.

The fashion show and luncheon also is intended to raise public awareness of breast cancer and the help offered by Y-ME.

"It's important to let the public know that there's something out there for them," Stoner said.

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