Alberni breast cancer survivors get their chance to shine

Highlighting Port Alberni’s breast cancer survivors is the focus for the B.C. Cancer Society’s upcoming Daffodil Luncheon and Fashion Show.

Sisters Darlene Tuinstra and Lorna Hawthorne hold up daffodil pins to symbolize the fight against breast cancer. Both sisters are cancer survivors and will be featured in a fundraising luncheon and fashion show.

Sisters Darlene Tuinstra and Lorna Hawthorne hold up daffodil pins to symbolize the fight against breast cancer. Both sisters are cancer survivors and will be featured in a fundraising luncheon and fashion show.

Highlighting Port Alberni’s breast cancer survivors as well as highlighting local designers is the focus for the B.C. Cancer Society’s upcoming Daffodil Luncheon and Fashion Show.

“Our ladies that are modelling are all cancer survivors. They’re not just survivors—they’re thrivers,” said Olga Tardif.

“We’ve approached all of the ladies’ wear stores in town.”

A model is assigned to each clothing store and will walk in the fashion show at the AV United Church on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 12 p.m. Tickets go for $20 at ladies’ wear stores and Jim’s Clothes Closet.

The money goes to funding breast cancer research.

“This is the 18th year.”

This year, the fashion show will also feature a male model to raise awareness of the fact that men are not immune from breast cancer.

“Males can get breast cancer,” said Darlene Tuinstra.

“It’s all about awareness.”

Darlene and her sister Lorna Hawthorne are passionate about the cause.

“I got involved with the Cancer Society after I had been diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Tuinstra.

“When I was recovering [nine years ago] Gerry Fagan phone me and asked if I would do a speech on how breast cancer was for me and my journey.”

She’s been involved ever since.

“It’s giving back and working with people who have also journeyed with cancer. There’s a togetherness and we’re all in this battle together,” said Tuinstra.

Hawthorne got involved in a similar way. Diagnosed in November 2011, she knew that her sister was involved in the organization.

“I was diagnosed two-and-a-half weeks prior to selling my business so it was not on my radar at all. I was looking forward to retirement and all of a sudden there was this huge detour,” said Hawthorne. A year-and-a-half of treatment followed.

“My sister was beside me all the way and of course she was the first person my husband and I went to.”

That empathetic support helped immeasurably.

“You’re in such despair and fearful.”

After Hawthorne got through treatment, Tuinstra asked if she would consider being a part of the fashion show.

“It’s a chance for me to be out there and let people know that I am a survivor,” said Hawthorne.

“After all that you’ve been through in your journey, you can do this. It’s just a fashion show.”

And Hawthorne loved the experience.

It’s also given her the opportunity to support others going through similar painful journeys.

“After the fashion show Darlene came up to me and said ‘I want you to meet somebody,’” said Hawthorne.

“Darlene introduced me to this young woman who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and she was the same age as my youngest daughter.”

That young woman resonated with Hawthorne.

“She had a four-year-old son and I could feel her despair and fear. Through that fashion show it brought me together with this young woman and I supported her and followed her through her treatment,” she said.

“So for me it was giving back. It was a really positive experience both ways.”

Tuinstra agreed.

“When you’re first diagnosed, you feel like you have the rug pulled out from under you,” she said.

“And after you’ve cried and feel that fear for a while you realized that the only way you’re going to survive this thing is to fight.”

EDITED: The luncheon starts at 12 p.m.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

Just Posted

The visitors’ centre and courtyard are the first places that greet visitors to McLean Mill National Historic Site in Port Alberni, B.C. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
McLean Mill exclusion application now in ALC’s hands

Decision on whether to remove national historic site from ALR ‘could take months’

NIC’s new president Lisa Domae assumed the role of president on April 12. Domae has worked at NIC since 2000, most recently as the executive vice president, academic and chief operating officer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
New North Island College president launches draft strategic plan

Lisa Domae assumed the role of president on April 12, 2021

Terrance Mack would have celebrated his 34th birthday on May 13, 2021. Mack’s family has identified him as the victim of a homicide in an apartment on Third Avenue in Port Alberni sometime in April. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Family identifies Ucluelet man as victim of homicide in Port Alberni

Terrance Mack being remembered as ‘kind, gentle’ man

Residents living in the 41-unit King George Apartments on Fifth Avenue and Argyle Street in Port Alberni will be able to remain there after the Canadian Mental Health Association and Province of B.C. partnered to purchase the building in May 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Province steps in to secure housing for Alberni apartment tenants

CHMA receives $3-million grant to help purchase building near city hall

Port Alberni’s first movie theatre, started before 1920, was originally located on First Avenue, across from Alberni Hardware. This photo is one of 24,000 included in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online archives, available for public viewing at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN09360 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
LOOK BACK: Port Alberni’s first movie theatre

The Port Theatre was destroyed by a fire in 1952

An avalanche near Highway 1 in Glacier National Park. Avalanche Canada will benefit from a $10 million grant from the B.C. government. (Photo by Parks Canada)
Avalanche Canada receives $10-million grant from B.C. government

Long sought-after funds to bolster organization’s important work

The top photo is of a real carbine rifle, while the bottom photo is the airsoft rifle seized from a Kelowna man on May 15. (Contributed)
RCMP issue warning: ‘Imitation firearms need to be dealt with responsibly’

A man brandishing his airsoft rifle in public had his weapon seized by Mounties on Saturday

Elvis Stojko will be performing with Stars on Ice in Victoria this fall. (Julie Larochelle Briere photo)
Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko hit the ice when Stars On Ice returns to Vancouver Island

The star-studded lineup is makes a return after pandemic hiatus

Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media files)
Canada marks 25,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began

6 in every 10,000 Canadians died of COVID-19 since March 9, 2020

Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen, with the 100 Mile House RCMP. (Melissa Smalley - 100 Mile Free Press)
14-year-old boy killed in serious ATV crash near 100 Mile House

Youth was travelling with a group of peers when the incident occurred last Friday

Relief is coming for B.C.’s struggling tourism sector. (NEWS file photo)
B.C. officials set to announce more support for tourism sector hit hard by pandemic

Non-essential travel is restricted between three regional zones in B.C. until at least May 24

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Nathalie Emmanuel, left, and Vin Diesel in a scene from “F9.” (Giles Keyte/Universal Pictures via AP)
The blockbuster movie is making a comeback this summer

Excitement in the industry is growing again for a return to a big-screen normal

More “strings of lights” were seen on May 15, 2021, in night sky over Vancouver Island. (File photo)
Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read