Fashion helps raise money for breast cancer technology

Marcellino Signorelli

Everyone can enjoy a fun night filled with entertainment and fashion while helping the fight against breast cancer.

Culture on the Catwalk will open their doors at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Upfront & Company in the ballroom. Tickets are $25 and proceeds go towards a stereotactic breast biopsy machine for Marquette General Hospital.

Running the fashion show is Eunai Danek, president of Choice, a company specializing in micro-pigmentation and repigmentation which help remedy the scars and disfigurements that can occur to breast cancer patients.

“It’s going to be a delightful, once in a lifetime event that will be an entertaining, fun and a different experience,” Danek said. “Anybody willing to help and honor cancer survivors while simultaneously having a good time should come.”

Tickets are sold in Marquette at ReBlossom, Silver Crow and MGH Gift Shop, Anytime Fitness in Harvey and at the door the night of the event. It will be a mix of a contemporary, ethnic and cultural fashion.

“They’ll be vendors, bag pipes, hors d’oeuvre, a professional photographer and pink champagne to go along with our breast cancer awareness theme,” Danek said.

Evan Clendening, a junior health and management fitness major, praises the idea of a fundraiser in order to buy the hospital a new biopsy machine.

“That’s really cool that this show is helping raise money so that MGH can buy a machine that can get breast biopsy tests done so much faster,” Clendening said.

Clendening, diagnosed with leukemia in July 2010, said he understands how cancer completely alters life.

“As soon as I heard the doctor say ‘It’s leukemia,’ I broke down and it hit me that I was mortal,” Clendening said.  “It’s a lifelong struggle.”

The digital stereotactic breast biopsy machine aids in the biopsy process, giving faster results while causing less damage to the breasts.

Dr. Ann Arnold, a retired plastic surgeon, is also helping out with the event.  She has performed reconstructive surgery before where breasts were damaged from cancer.

“Two decades ago, doctors had to take a chunk in order to have enough of the mass to biopsy and it also took a week, if not longer, to get the results in,”Arnold said.

The technology uses a needle instead, resulting in much less tissue needed and leaving no scars on the skin surface.

“It’s just like a VHS versus a Blu-Ray player,” said Dr. Heidi Henry, radiologist at MGH.  “It’s the same images, but with the later technology, the image is so much clearer and distinct.”

For more information, contact  Danek at (906) 361-1666 or [email protected]