By May 16, 2014 Read More →

Cancer survivors tapped to model in benefit show

Parkersburg News and Sentinel photo by Jackie Runion Nancy Markle, 67, flashes a sign warning of the dangers of tanning beds at the 11th annual Memorial Health Foundation’s “A Night on the Town” Fashion Show Thursday night at Marietta College’s Fenton Court, where she modeled as a survivor of both breast cancer and stage four melanoma.

Parkersburg News and Sentinel photo by Jackie Runion
Nancy Markle, 67, flashes a sign warning of the dangers of tanning beds at the 11th annual Memorial Health Foundation’s “A Night on the Town” Fashion Show Thursday night at Marietta College’s Fenton Court, where she modeled as a survivor of both breast cancer and stage four melanoma.

MARIETTA, Ohio – When 67-year-old Nancy Markle strutted down the catwalk at the 11th annual Memorial Health Foundation’s “A Night on The Town” Fashion Show, it marked two years since doctors told her she had just a month to live.

After being diagnosed with melanoma once in 1988, with breast cancer decades later, and then again with stage four melanoma, Markle had gotten acquainted with Hospice care and put all her end-of-life affairs in order in spring 2012.

After requesting another test, doctors found that the melanoma had disappeared from most of her body.

Now in 2014, she walked proudly alongside 20 other cancer patients and survivors at the fashion show to benefit the Strecker Cancer Center and its Patient Emergency Fund on Thursday night in front of a packed house at Marietta College’s Fenton Court.

“When you see this group and hear their stories, there’s a sense of real camaraderie and friendship among them,” said Daneka Hedges, executive director of the foundation. “It makes it all worth it if someone is struggling with treatment or hair loss and they have support from the other ladies here.”

Thursday night, a show that saw all 550 tickets sold, featured fashions donned by 21 of Strecker Center in Marietta’s patients.

“This is the second year we’ve had cancer survivors as models,” Hedges said…

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