Join the American Cancer Society to save lives and create a world with more birthdays.
Cure by Design is an event in which the fashion, design and retail communities join forces with the local corporate community to benefit the American Cancer Society. The focus of this special evening is a fashion show that spotlights designer fashions and, more importantly, the cancer survivors who model them. These survivor models are living proof of the strides we are making in the fight against cancer, and their vibrant smiles portray a message of hope for the cure.
The money raised at Cure by Design enables the American Cancer Society to fund cutting-edge research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and life-affirming patient services. By supporting Cure by Design, you are partnering with the American Cancer Society to help cancer patients in your community.
Please, join us for a fabulous fashion show, elegant reception, and exciting live and silent auctions, as we celebrate survivorship and fashion!
Let's join together to save lives... even if it takes all night! We hope to see you there!
Survivor Model Profile: James Appel
James is helping keep people safe here and around the world as the Chief Financial Officer for the USDC Seafood Inspection Program. But in February 2012, this 44 year-old Maryland father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. James is participating as a Cure model to “give back to a community that was able to help me get through my illness,” and because raising money for ACS to help others get through this disease is critical.”
About the dress: The dress is an original, one-of-a-kind creation made by D.C.-based designer Sondra Falk. This elegant, navy blue cocktail dress with capped sleeves is made of silk velvet, a hard-to-fine fabric that feels great to the touch. The midriff has an ornate rose trim hand-beaded in Europe, and the dress’s knee-length, sheath style is slimming to a woman’s figure. Miss Falk also lined the dress with silk charmeuse to feel great against a woman’s skin.
For nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. By taking what we’ve learned through research and turning it into what we do, we have contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate between the early 1990s and 2005. That means that we helped avoid about 650,000 cancer deaths and created the potential for more birthday celebrations.
Overall, 11 million cancer survivors in America will celebrate a birthday this year. Now that’s a reason to party!
Survivor Model Profiel: Deborah Beebe
Deborah, 59, is a cancer survivor. And she is a cancer fighter. Deborah was diagnosed in December 2011 with ductal carcinoma in situ. And today, she is a project manager for the National Cancer Institute of National Institutes of Health working to update and maintain cancer research findings on www.cancer.gov. Her two daughters—Shannon and Bonnie—bring light to her life. And she looks forward to an upcoming trip to England to “walk in the steps of my ancestors” with a recently-found cousin in Australia. “Dancing makes the world go ‘round.”
Kristen Berset is a Sports Anchor and Reporter for W*USA 9. She is honored to emcee the American Cancer Society's Cure By Design DC event and to celebrate the lives and courage of fellow cancer survivors.
In 2008, Kristen found a lump in her left breast during a self exam; she was just 27. Kristen was originally misdiagnosed twice and told she had a cyst. It wasn’t until a visit to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore a year later -- one month before she turned 28 -- that Kristen heard the words, “You have breast cancer.” After a few weeks of deliberation, Kristen chose a bilateral, prophylactic mastectomy to ensure a full and healthy life. Click here learn more about Kristen's journey.
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Carmen is a 28 year-old, Colombian-born filmmaker with a penchant for Indie music, Spanish food, and international travel. In 2009 at age 25, Carmen was told that she had breast cancer. But that didn’t stop her. She enrolled in American University and graduated this May with an M.A. in Producing for Film and video. She has traveled to Iceland and New Zealand. And she hopes to have her short film screened at film festivals. Carmen is proud to have her husband with her at Cure By Design.
Survivor Model Profile: Carolyn Harvey
Carolyn’s 1992 breast cancer diagnosis made her love of others grow even larger than it was. Carolyn became a 19 year American Cancer Society volunteer, the program coordinator for Casting for a Cure—a fly fishing retreat for breast cancer survivors, and a deacon at her local church. In addition to being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she loves to read, fish and listen to music. “Life is what you make it; not only can you survive, you can thrive.”