The Central Plains Cancer Services (CPCS) Fashion Show lit up the Glesby Centre with a radiant display of strength, courage, and support.

Amidst the glitz and glamour of the runway, the real stars of the evening were the individuals who have been on or are currently on their cancer journey. 

Among the models were Bev Giesbrecht and Judy Roberts, a mother and daughter duo, both survivors who bravely strutted down the catwalk, showcasing the latest fashion trends from local companies and their strength for going through a cancer battle. 

Giesbrecht, a breast cancer survivor, says her journey has been a long one as she has gotten a mastectomy, went through many chemotherapy treatments, and is still in recovery. Despite that, she still loved walking down the catwalk.

"It took a while to calm down again, but I managed to get through it, and I would definitely do it again." 

Roberts, who battled cancer last March, expressed gratitude for the support she received throughout her journey from CPCS and particularly highlighting the importance of having someone like her daughter by her side. 

"I'm so glad I had her because she was going through it. She knew the ins and outs and could calm me down; she let me cry, which was great. But without her, I would have felt very low."

Sharilyn Knox, the executive director of CPCS, expressed the event's significance.

"It's a great way to honour people who've been through cancer, going through cancer, and just show the strength and resilience of people here in our community and our region."

As Giesbrecht and Roberts strutted their stuff down the runway, their beaming smiles and confidence spoke about their journey and the support they had received. For them, being celebrated at the fashion show was not just about showcasing outer beauty but also about embracing inner strength and resilience.

Reflecting on the event, they noted the joy of being celebrated and supported by their community. 

The fashion show served as a powerful platform to raise awareness about cancer and highlight CPCS's vital role in providing support and resources to individuals and families affected by the disease. Models and crowd members praised the organization's outstanding services and continuous support.

As the evening ended, the show may have been over, but the sense of hope remained in the air. 

Knox says she is thankful for the community's support and cannot wait to hold this event again next year.