Sat, Jul 29 2017

Runway for a Cure DC - An Evening of Couture,

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Washington, District of Columbia, United States Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Washington, District of Columbia, United States

  • About the event

    Runway for a Cure DC’s mission is to celebrate the lives of Breast Cancer Survivors, encourage family and friends of those affected by Breast Cancer, and to give back to individuals or organizations who support Breast Cancer Research, Awareness, and Survivors!

    The event will feature presentations from Incredible Emerging Fashion Designers, hors d’oeuvres, libations, and deluxe swag gift bags. Backstage will be high energy as Amazing Make-up Artists prepare Glamorous Models to walk the runway in the hottest couture pieces, all for a wonderful cause.

    This year's donation beneficiary is the Breast Care of Washington, DC (BCW) located in SW Washington, D.C. The Vice President of Development and Communications at BCW will be in attendance to accept the donation on behalf of BCW. BCW funds a program, BCW CARES, which was created to specifically cover the cost of providing women who lack insurance with the mammograms, treatment, and support they need. They are in their 3rd year of service to the DC community.

    Raymia Henderson, Runway for a Cure DC Curator, Fashion Stylist, and Designer, is excited about organizing this event “because it celebrates life and women who have been affected by Breast Cancer, who are learning to be comfortable with their body images during and after Breast Cancer treatment, and who continue to be Fabulous Survivors! This event is important because we must educate women under 50, in particular, because the death rate of women in this demographic has continued to rise and Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of death in women next to lung cancer.”

    Why should you sponsor?

    This year our beneficiary is Breast Care of Washington, DC. The BCW CARES program uses funds donated to go directly to care for women who need it most in the District of Columbia's local community.   Breast Care for Washington provides state of the art 3D mammograms, diagnostic imaging, patient navigation and community education and outreach primarily targeting women in the District’s Wards 7 and 8, although they take patients from anywhere. Donations from the event will be so helpful in allowing this organization and others like it to continue their mission of providing care to ANY woman, regardless of her ability to pay.

    Raymia Henderson

    My name is Raymia Henderson. I'm a native Washingtonian and founder of The Rebirth of Style, a fashion design company. I create custom, bespoke garments for women and men. I am also the curator of the Annual Runway for a Cure DC event.

    Last year, a family member reached out to me to inquire if I had any garments that could be worn by a friend of hers who was a double masectomy breast cancer survivor. Regretfully, I didn't have any garments in inventory for her friend. I met with her friend, listened to her story about her journey, and one thing stood out from our conversation. 

    Some women don't have the insurance or means to pay for the treatment of breast cancer. In the words of this survivor, "I had to decide between feeding my children paying my mortgage or car note, or paying for my pills for treatment".

    In addition to financial impacts, breast cancer survivors are dealing with their body images and how their bodies may have changed during and after treatment. For this survivor, she struggled with finding well fitting dresses because of her double masectomy and her weight gain/loss.

    After the conversation with my new survivor client, I made her a complimentary outfit as a parting gift and I promised to make her another garment for her upcoming extra debut on a well known drama series. I traveled to New Orleans to fit her and delivered her dress in person. 

    When I came up with the  idea of hosting a fashion show in honor of breast cancer survivors, I couldn't help but think back to that experience with my client last year. So, I started searching for organizations who help women through the financial struggles of paying for their breast cancer treatment, and I found one in the Breast Care of Washington, DC.

    This event is my way of giving back to women who face similar financial and self-esteem issues due to their fight to find a cure and recognizing an organization who saw a need in the DC community and filled the gap! 


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  • 251-500 attendees expected

    25% Male Attendees

    75% Female Attendees

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