I Hope You Dance- Reflecting on 20 Years Without Mom

By Olivia Achtmeyer Boger | October 4, 2021

The anniversary of September 11th has always started a countdown for me because the actual day in 2001 marked the final twenty-three days of my mother’s life.

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Meet the Models: Debbie First

By Dewey MacMillen | September 30, 2021

Debbie First is a force. A powerhouse of a woman. She was one of Runway’s very first models back when we taped Christmas lights to the floor of a country club. And this year, for the 15th anniversary, she’s back.

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Meet the Models: Stacey Fusco

By Caroline O'Donnell | September 26, 2021

We welcomed Stacey to our virtual Runway last year, but today, Stacey remains positive and describes her breast cancer journey as “very smooth.” Always smiling, Stacey notes that she truly takes “every day as a blessing” and though the pandemic delayed her reconstructive surgeries- they were supposed to be complete in 2019, but did not complete until summer of 2020- she remains thankful that she has continued to be able to take advantage of life. Indeed, only five days prior to visiting the Runway offices in summer 2021, Stacey had one last major surgery and as she walked out of operating room to her father in the waiting room, he said, “you’re incredible. You still have a pep in your step after all this.” She can’t wait to honor her journey with the Runway family and we are so excited for the world to experience her positivity when she lights up the 15th Anniversary runway- this time, in person! We are honored to re-share Stacey’s breast cancer story below:

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Meet the Models: Natalie Breen

By Dewey MacMillen | September 20, 2021

Natalie Breen’s story with breast cancer began with a woman she never knew. A woman her father barely knew. Natalie’s grandmother, Barbara Breen, was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 30s while she was raising 6 children. She passed away in her 40s, leaving behind her young children and a husband who, admittedly, felt overwhelmed and without support. “If Runway had existed [then] their lives would have ended up very differently.”

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2021 Runway Show Safety Protocols

By Olivia Achtmeyer Boger | September 13, 2021

Dear Runway for Recovery community, Because of the population that we serve, which is primarily immunocompromised at our annual Runway show, we would like to give you an important update about the following precautions we are taking in order to do all we can to help ensure the safety of attendees at our October event, scheduled to take place on October 22, 2021. As a reminder, the event space at the Westin Hotel, located in Boston’s Seaport district, is a very large ballroom with high ceilings and good ventilation. We will be requiring the following at this year’s event: All…

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