On Sunday, Sept. 28, 12 models walked in the sixth annual Pink Runway at California's Riverside Convention Center. These models had a reason for their confident smiles: They are all breast cancer survivors and received reconstructive surgery at the Loma Linda University Medical Center.
According to The Press Enterprise, Seema Sugandh-Gupta, aka Tina from the Bravo TV show "Tina and Tarz: Newlyweds the First Year," and her family founded the event after her mother passed away from the disease. She had no previous history with the disease. Sugand-Gupta said she made it her mission to talk about early detection in order to catch the disease as soon as possible and raise awareness about reconstructive surgery options.
One of the models, Myesha Reynolds, age 32, wrote a book about her experience fighting ductal carcinoma, an invasive form of breast cancer. She hopes to use her book and a YouTube channel she is starting to help bring positivity to other women with the disease.
The models were of all ages and sizes and wore clothing from Chico's. Outfits included fun prints and fur, and ranged from faux leather leggings and a leopard print top to a striped pencil skirt and black sweater with lace sleeves.
The survivors received a standing ovation as they stood together, hands held high during the show's finale.Whizzco