Sisters commemorate mother's life with breast cancer fundraiser
In two rooms at the Arlington Arts Center, a handful of models struck glamorous, statue-like poses against each side of the walls, shimmering eyelash extensions reaching inches from their eyes while nearly 50 admirers pointed and stared at them as if they were paintings in an art gallery.
Each model represented a bird to bring to life the "Night in Paradise" theme for the recent second annual Fashion for the Cure, hosted by three sisters raising money for breast cancer research, treatment, education and prevention.
Krystal, Kendra and Kimberly Speed lost their mother five years ago after her 10-year battle with breast cancer.
"My mother never said anything negative about her situation," said Krystal Speed. "She was always upbeat and tried to help others, so we wanted to keep with that spirit of helping others while they're going through their challenges."
The event was held to commemorate her life legacy and to raise money for breast cancer research and community programs, partly through donations in support of Krystal and Kendra's participation in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile walk in Arizona in November.
After a survivor tribute, caregiver reflections and a Nepalese dancing performance, one model donned red boxing gloves to illustrate a "Don't Box Me In" look, while another posed with a stroller and shopping bags for a "Joys of Motherhood" look.
Through ticket sales, donations and a silent auction of such items as desserts, a round-trip domestic air flight, jewelry and a vacation package, the event raised more than half of the $4,600 goal. The corporate sponsor was Data Systems & Technology.
This is one of the many charity events recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October.
"I get angry when I hear about people diagnosed with cancer because of how hard it is on the individual," said Krystal Speed. "But you have to see how you can turn whatever anger and resentment you have into positive action."
-- Vanessa Mizell