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  • Writer's pictureBenette Waugh DeCoux

The Fourth Successful Year of Cancer Survivors & Caregivers Fashion Show & Luncheon

Co-Founders Bishop Richard and Gloria Cox and Ms. Floy Johnson, of the “Cancer Survivors & Caregivers United” with firsthand knowledge of what cancer is all about presented a first-class, sold-out event on October 23, 2021 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Father Benjamin Speare-Hardy III and Mrs. Barbara Bass, church administrator, were gracious and very accommodating throughout the entire planning process to bring this event together.

The sponsors for the Fashion Show & Luncheon grow each year. Long time sponsors include the Norma J. Ross’ Pink Ribbon Driven organization under the management of Bob Ross Auto Group and the Kettering Health Network. Rev. Gloria Cox, Parenthood Ministries, Wright & Schulte Law firm, the University of Dayton, Montgomery County, and Just for You Laundromat have affiliated to make this a magnificent demonstration for those who are in various stages of remission from various types of cancer which impact men and women. This year a Proclamation was received from Mary McDonald, Mayor of Trotwood.

Before naming the models and acknowledging the photography of Ms. Nozipo Glenn, let’s also thank the vendors, the caterer Ms. E. Marie Moore, Royal Setting Banquet, and the lively music of Mr. Reginal Harmon, musician and artist who has shared his talents each year. Thanks to other vendors who were present also. Speakers who shared words of wisdom included Janell Ross, daughter of Norma Ross who founded “Pink Ribbon Driven,” and Billi Ewing, brain tumor survivor, who was the makeup artist for some of the models today.

The “Colors of Cancer” models for 2021 were the men and women, SURVIVORS, who were light on their feet, smiled, wore classy clothing and amazing accessories: Harold Hodge, Marcia Hill-Ross, Charles Haddix, Sr., Rita McGabee, Jill Randolph, Murphy Frazier, Benette DeCoux, Mary Gowdy from Columbus, and Floy Johnson. Each model participated in four scenes without missing a beat. The cameras were flashing as each model made his or her appearance.

If you missed this opportunity, perhaps you will include it on your calendar for next year’s “October is Cancer Awareness Month” events in 2022.


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