Cancer survivors strut their stuff on the runway

Posted at 6:28 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 19:28:45-04

Dozens of girls and women packed Xenon Academy to be beautified on Wednesday.  But behind each beautiful woman is an ugly diagnosis.

“My last chemo treatment was January 9, 2015,” said cancer survivor Mary Robinson.

More than 100 women, men and children, all cancer survivors and patients, get the chance to get dolled up and dressed up. 

“Cancer is a really scary ride, but there are so many blessings that can come from it including today,” said Robinson.

For the past five years Methodist Hospital has teamed up with Omaha Fashion Week to put on the Omaha Fashion Week Survivor Show.

“There are many people who are here who are undergoing treatment and they're walking the runway. Some of them come from chemo therapy and they walk the runway.  So it's a really great night for these wonderful people,” said Lori Fuchs.

Lori Fuchs the founder of Methodist Hospital’s Inner Beauty Program says the fashion show is transforming and empowering.

“I hear testimony after testimony of the lives that are transformed just from actually walking that runway.  They just change into a different person, it's really beautiful,” said Fuchs.

Seven-year-old Nora Fredrickson has strutted her stuff on the cat walk before.  But, for others like Mary Robinson, Wednesday’s experience was something new.

“Looking at all these beautiful women here today, it just makes me so happy to look around and think we survived,” said Robinson.

Robinson says she can’t wait to take the runway.

“I thought after everything that I’m going through I should hold my head up, because I mean I’m alive,” said Robinson.