Runway Models

Our largest event of the year is the annual Runway Show that celebrates those who are in treatment, remembers those who have passed, and inspires us to support those who have been impacted by breast cancer. This is not your typical fashion show—it is a night for all of us to redefine this disease, for us to connect and support one another, and most importantly, to dance in honor of all those impacted by breast cancer.

Who can model?

Runway models are those impacted by breast cancer. One can register to model if they are:

  • Previvors (someone who is predisposed to breast cancer because of a genetic mutation)
  • Someone currently in treatment
  • Someone who has completed treatment
  • Someone living with metastatic, stage IV breast cancer
  • "Legacies" (someone living in honor of someone who has passed away from breast cancer).

Who can model?

Runway models are those impacted by breast cancer. One can register to model if they are:

  • Previvors (someone who is predisposed to breast cancer because of a genetic mutation)
  • Someone currently in treatment
  • Someone who has completed treatment
  • Someone living with metastatic, stage IV breast cancer
  • "Legacies" (someone living in honor of someone who has passed away from breast cancer).

What Modeling Means

At Runway, we want to know your "reason" for dancing down our runway, and so when you first register to model, we will book time with you to hear how breast cancer has impacted your life. Next, we will assign you to a local boutique or designer so that you can choose an outfit that makes your feel amazing. After fundraising on behalf of Runway leading into your Runway Show, you will come and dance in front of friends and family at one of our events. Backstage you'll find a room full of love and connection, and from our audience, you'll be uplifted and supported. We cannot wait to welcome you to our Runway community. Learn more about our past models by reading their stories on our blog.

New England

Meet the New England Models

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Kendall Smiley

Completed Treatment

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Dish Woodard

Previvor

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Abby Pastrynak

Living with MBC

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Bernadette Anderson

In Treatment

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Erica Malho

Legacy

New York
Southern California

Frequently Asked Questions

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"I walk in the hope that someday, no one will have to utter the words "I lost my Mom (wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin) to Breast Cancer.”

 

Jenna Auber

A survivor since 2013

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The Stories of Those Who Have Danced
Lindsay

A three-time breast cancer patient, Lindsay Mcgloughlin tells her story about being in her 20s when she was first diagnosed and had a baby at home. She also honors the community that surrounded her at her Fire Station in Concord where she is a career firefighter.

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Carleen

Listen to this mother talk about her diagnosis and the immediate concern that she had for her children. Carleen and her daughter, and granddaughter have danced on our stage in honor of her diagnosis and remission both in-person and during our virtual event in 2020.

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Rachael

Our stage has a place for anyone who has been impacted by breast cancer, and many of our models are the legacies of those who have passed away. Rachael has been on our stage many times over the course of our history, and she came back to the runway in 2023 to mark the 30th anniversary of her mother's passing.

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Crystal

Crystal talks about the need for self-advocacy and pushing the medical community to take one’s concerns seriously. She also talks about the intense concern that many mothers feel towards their children when they are first diagnosed. After this video, make sure you watch Crystal’s other video where she has a very important message for African-American and Hispanic women.

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My & Lynne

Two sisters joined our community in 2008 and 2013, each with a very different story. Listen to them speak about their experiences, the impact of a Lynne’s metastatic diagnosis, the incredible hope that they carry with them every day.

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Jennie

Having young kiddos at home is often part of our model’s stories. Jennie talks about the impact of her diagnosis on her children and being a younger mom with breast cancer. She also speaks to dance and the outlet it created for her during treatment.

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Kristen

Kristin tells her story about prioritizing her annual mammogram and the moment when she was told that she had breast cancer. Kristin’s husband also shares the experience that he had watching her take on her surgery and treatment, and both offer such an important message about yearly testing.

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Jocelyn

Often we hear people say that they didn’t think there was anyone else who was as young as they were when they were diagnosed. Jocelyn tells her story and serves as an amazing model of courage for taking on her diagnosis in her 20s and the community she has found through being a part of Runway.

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Ricky

In an attempt to honor the life of his sister, Ricky chose to help Runway grow out to the West coast in January of 2022. Listen to Ricky talk about his sister, Rachael’s life, and how one can continue to live on in someone’s memory with purpose and love.

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Marci

Models often come back to celebrate and honor milestone’s in their cancer journey. Marci did just that in 2023 when she marked being five-years post treatment. Listen to someone talk about how a diagnosis can continue to impact their lives, and how one can embrace a community to heal. To hear about her story at the beginning, watch this first video from 2018.

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Sara

A long time Runway model, this three-time cancer hero has danced with her children many times over the years. She talks about the impact that the community of Runway has had for all of them as a family and why she believes so fully in our work.

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Kristina

Previvors, or those with a genetic mutation that makes them more susceptible to being diagnosed with breast cancer have been on our stage often over the years. Listen to Kristina talk about the impact that breast cancer had on her life growing up, and the choices that she made when she was able to receive genetic testing.

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Colleen

As both someone who has been through treatment and surgery and someone who has had a mother pass away from breast cancer, taking to our stage and dancing was very important to Colleen. Listen to how early dectection was crucial in her own story and the legacy that she carries on for her mother.

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LaWanda

LaWanda Woumnm has completed treatment for breast cancer and is living in remission. She proudly dances on the Runway with those who were most vital in supporting her while she went through chemo and radiation. Her style exudes joy and through the colors, patterns, and warmth that she rocks her clothing, she shares that joy with everyone she meets.

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Hannah

Hannah Earle is a woman living with metastatic breast cancer in New England. She is a mother to two young children, and she focuses on not letting cancer “take away her today.” Hannah dances on the Runway in honor of her focus to be present, and she very much brings a face to a stage of breast cancer that many do not talk enough about.

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