Marathon ‘su­per­hero’ fights can­cer with fash­ion fundraiser

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By MATT STOUT ­— ­matthew.stout@boston­her­ald.com

Carol Chaoui has run marathons dressed as a su­per­hero, helped sell clothes and been filmed by a doc­u­men­tary film crew to raise aware­ness for metastatic breast can­cer re­search. Set­ting up a fash­ion show may just have been the next, fash­ion­able, step.

Chaoui, pres­i­dent of the non­profit Carol’s Corner, said she ex­pects to raise as much as $60,000 for the Dana-Far­ber Can­cer In­sti­tute with tonight’s Vin­tage Vogue Run­way for Re­search event at The Cen­ter for the Arts Nat­ick.

Chaoui — who her­self is bat­tling metastatic, or stage IV, breast can­cer — said be­yond the funds, she hopes the sold-out event sheds light on the rarely dis­cussed ad­vanced-stage can­cer. Among the 20 mod­els fash­ion­ing vin­tage clothes will be two of her own nurses and other pa­tients fight­ing the dis­ease.

“It’s to let peo­ple know that even if you have a ter­mi­nal di­ag­no­sis, you can live a nor­mal life, you can take care of your fam­ily and be ac­tive in the com­mu­nity,” said Chaoui of Welles­ley, who af­ter ini­tially be­ing di­ag­nosed in 2009, saw her can­cer re­turn in 2015.

She hasn’t let it stop her. Known as Welles­ley’s “Won­der Woman” for running in the Bos­ton Marathon and other races dressed as the iconic su­per­hero, she in­tends to run the New York Marathon for the first time this Novem­ber on her 54th birth­day.

Chaoui con­cedes that as she’s re­ceived treat­ments, she’s “a lot slower” than she was in her com­pet­i­tive running days. But she plans to fit in an­other run at a Cam­bridge 5K to­day — and then help run the fash­ion show tonight.

“This,” she said of the show, “is my first dif­fer­ent ad­ven­ture.”

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