In an attempt to spread awareness, breast cancer survivors took to stage as models for a unique fashion show in Delhi.
'Embrace the Pink Power' was organised to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month and show solidarity with cancer survivors.
The show, held at the Imperial hotel in collaboration with Roko Cancer Charitable Trust on Friday evening, had cancer survivors draped in couture "Gulabi" by designer Anupama Dayal.
"Breast cancer is the biggest enemy of women. If someone has cancer, the whole family and everyone else looking after them suffer too. Ignorance kills but awareness is empowering and early detection leads to cure," APS Chawla, Chairman Roko Cancer said.
Dayal said working with the survivors has motivated her to get involved in more such causes.
"These women have stood firm in the face of their worst nightmares. It has been inspiring to listen to their stories of hope and courage," Dayal says.
Joita Soni, who has been diagnosed with the cancer thrice, says those facing the disease must treasure themselves. The stars of the fashion show were 15 women including Soni who walked the ramp to showcase their never-say-die spirit.
"Cancer no doubt is a tough disease to fight. I always believe health is not simply absence of illness. It also means constant challenge and creativity," Soni said.
Simran Kohli, 41, who finished her chemotherapy a month ago, opened up about her fight with the disease.
"Going through chemotherapy is no doubt tough but once diagnosed one should just go ahead and get the treatment done. In Indian society women underestimate themselves and forget to prioritise their health. We need to wake up and look at ourselves first," says Sodi.