Bridal show to help fight against breast cancer
Young family will benefit from funds raised
Brides-to-be will have inspiration-plus at a wedding fashion show event to raise funds for a young mother-ofthree diagnosed with breast cancer.
Alyssa Drake, of Alexandra, has organised the event for her sister ‘‘Nel’’ – Chanel Clarke, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in December.
Life had been turned on its head for Clarke’s husband Farron, twin girls Eden and Emma, 3 and toddler Robert.
The community has been rallying around the former Alexandra woman, whose extended family still live in the area.
Drake has organised the fundraiser to help support her sister through the ‘‘tough times’’ and take away some of the financial burden during her battle.
Clark earlier told The Mirror she first felt a lump in her breast in April last year having stopped breastfeeding her son, and initially mistook it for a blocked milk duct.
In November, her husband noticed the lump and surprised it had not gone, and concerned as it had got bigger, Clarke decided to go to the doctor to get it checked.
It was apparent straight away the lump looked suspicious and she was immediately referred for an MRI, she said.
In December 19, she was diagnosed with grade 2 ductal breast cancer.
Drake said the show has an incredible lineup not only for brides to be but ‘‘every lady out there who wants a blissful day out with her girlfriends’’.
Alexandra lawyer Tim Cadogan would be compering. There would be dresses from designer Trudy Munro, as well as other women from the region, silent auctions and raffles, and entertainment from Libby Hamilton.
A film crew commissioned by Tourism New Zealand has been in Central Otago for five days filming both the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trails. Photo: Barrie Wills Former Alexandra woman Chanel Clarke, with her husband Farron and their twin girls Emmaand Eden (front), and son Robert. The 34-year-old mother-of-three was diagnosed with breast cancer in