Bridal show to help fight against breast can­cer

Young fam­ily will ben­e­fit from funds raised

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN

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


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