Cancer survivors share their inspirational stories at event

Ladies dressed in different hues of pink checking out the items available for bids in the silent auction. — Photos: JEREMY TAN/The Star

IT was a morning of charity, pageantry and good company as the guests converged at Eastern and Oriental (E&O) Hotel for the 10th Luscious Ladies Day in Shades of Pink to raise awareness on breast cancer.

A scrumptious brunch buffet, paired with champagne, was lapped up by crowds resplendent in rosy shades of fuchsia.

As they feasted, cancer survivors went up on the stage to share inspirational stories of overcoming seemingly overwhelming odds.

One revealed that, despite being fit, healthy and having no family history of the disease, she was suddenly diagnosed with stage four cancer.

“The months immediately after were difficult. You think that this was something you couldn’t beat, that you simply had no energy.

“But I held on to faith and hope, and got good support from everyone. You have to invite people into your life, so they can walk with you for the long haul.

“After my third month of chemotherapy, the cancer had gone into remission.

“It’s been two years now,” the lady shared.

The crowd enjoying a runway show featuring fashion and accessories by Klien & Fine during the event.
The crowd enjoying a runway show featuring fashion and accessories by Klien & Fine during the event.

She added: “Having cancer is an awful time in one’s life. Help them get through it and reach the other side. Every moment we have is special, so cherish it.”

Also speaking was Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital’s clinical oncologist Dr Doris Chow, who touched on the facts, figures and myths surrounding the disease.

A fashion show was put on by 22 models of various nationalities and ages, withgarments and accessories from Klien & Fine being paraded in the first round.

Following that, another round saw jewellery from Amee Philips paired with elegant outfits from Ranndy Goh’s collections.

Silent auctions running the wholemorning saw guests putting down bids fora variety of items ranging from jewellery to perfumes, handicraft items and art pieces.

Raffle tickets were also sold to raise funds. In total, the event was expected to raise around RM50,000 for two beneficiaries — the Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and the Penang Hospice Society.

Organiser and Penang Irish Association (PIA) president Maggie Territt said the Luscious Ladies Day had grown over the years.

“This is the one occasion which the people of Penang truly come out for.

“I’ve met many nice folk along the way, and their generosity is heartwarming.

“It’s all about getting together for a fun morning. As cancer has no borders, we have to spread the word about the importance of early detection.

“Get yourselves checked and change your lifestyles. There’s a lot of things we can do to prevent and fight cancer,” Territt said.

She added that the event’s previous nine editions, starting from 2009, had raised RM350,000 for the worthy cause.

Those who wish to donate to its Pink Fund can still do so until the end of October, by contacting Territt at 012-4625596.

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