Fash­ion show to raise money for lo­cal can­cer pa­tient

The Covington News - - Local - JOY BRATCHER Staff Writer

Two years ago, Ch­eryl East re­ceived news that would change her life and the lives of all who knew her. That's when she found out she had breast can­cer. She's been fight­ing for her life ever since — a fight which hasn’t been easy be­cause of her rare blood type.

The near­est fa­cil­ity that of­fers treat­ment to ac­com­mo­date her blood type is in Texas. Since her di­ag­no­sis, East has been fly­ing there each month.

The trips back and forth from Texas have taken a fi­nan­cial toll on the East fam­ily; hus­band Jim and their two sons James and Spencer. Vicky Medlin, a fam­ily friend, de­cided to co­or­di­nate a fundraiser to help send East and her fam­ily to Texas in April when she is due for an­other treat­ment.

“We came up with the idea to do a fash­ion show and ti­tle it Pretty in Pink to cen­ter it on Ch­eryl's bat­tle against breast can­cer,” Medlin said.

The Pretty in Pink Fundraiser Fash­ion Show will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 28 at the Blue Wil­low Inn, So­cial Cir­cle. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at So­cial Cir­cle Pri­mary School (770) 464-1411 or from Vicky Medlin (404) 889-6766. The cost is $20 for adults and $12 for chil­dren ages 4-12.

Lo­cal res­i­dents rang­ing from new­borns to adults have vol­un­teered to model the clothes that ven­dors have do­nated. The clothes will be for sale through open bid­ding with part of the pro­ceeds go­ing to help fi­nance the East's trip.

Some ven­dors have do­nated en­tire out­fits and will give all the pro­ceeds to the fund while oth­ers have do­nated pieces of the out­fit and will like­wise give a per­cent­age of the prof­its. In ad­di­tion, se­lect ven­dors will do­nate a per­cent­age of prof­its from on­line or­ders through a few days af­ter the event. There will also be live en­ter­tain­ment.

“If weather per­mits, we will hold the fash­ion show in the gar­den fol­lowed by a meal pro­vided by the Inn in­side,” Medlin said. “If the weather gives us prob­lems, we are plan­ning on hav­ing the event while we eat din­ner in­side the Inn.”

East was a para­pro­fes­sional at So­cial Cir­cle Pri­mary School be­fore be­ing di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer. All who know her speak highly of her brav­ery.

“Through all of this she has kept fight­ing and hold­ing her head up. She has never given up even through the worst of times," Medlin said.

Tess Pre­ston of So­cial Cir­cle will be one of the mod­els.

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