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Breast cancer survivors strut their stuff on runway

Geralyn Lucas, a television producer, breast cancer survivor and author, is the guest speaker at Day of Caring, a breast cancer awarness event on May 9, 2015 at the InterContinental Miami.
Geralyn Lucas, a television producer, breast cancer survivor and author, is the guest speaker at Day of Caring, a breast cancer awarness event on May 9, 2015 at the InterContinental Miami.

Frank Reider is a breast cancer survivor.

Reider, who lives in Boca Raton, was diagnosed four and a half years ago after noticing a hard nodule under his right nipple. The tumor was removed on a Thursday and he was back at work at his Brazilian restaurant the next day.

Reider, 72, is a proponent of early detection. Two of his great uncles died of breast cancer.

“Some men don’t want to talk about breast cancer, and I understand that,” he said. “Maybe men feel it’s considered effeminate to admit they have breast cancer or to think about being examined for it, but it has nothing to do with masculinity.”

Reider and several others will be Models of Hope at this year’s Day of Caring for Breast Cancer Awareness, a daylong event that will feature workshops about breast cancer treatments, alternative therapies, breast reconstruction choices, genetic testing and exercise and good nutrition. The Models of Hope, all of whom have had breast cancer, will walk the runway for a fashion show, hosted by NBC 6 South Florida’s Roxanne Vargas.

Lyrica Mae Lynn, a paralegal and photographer living in Hollywood, will be one of the models; she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 39.

Because of the density of her breasts, Lynn, 41, said doctors could not detect her cancer on a mammogram. It was narrowly caught by an ultrasound. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy and didn’t need chemotherapy or radiation.

“I sometimes feel like I cheated because I didn’t need any treatment,” she said. “But cancer was the biggest blessing in my life. It gave me a new perspective and gratefulness for being alive.”

Geralyn Lucas, a television producer, breast cancer survivor and writer, is the event’s guest speaker.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer at 27, undergoing a mastectomy and six months of chemotherapy, Lucas’ doctors thought she wouldn’t be able to have children. Twenty years after her diagnosis, she is the author of two memoirs, Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy and Then Came Life, and a mother of two.

She will talk about life after cancer at the Day of Caring event.

“Part of my message is about the difficulty of going through something like this when pieces of yourself are taken away — pieces you think define you, like your breasts and hair,” Lucas said. “I hope that every woman finds her inner cleavage and that she can see her beauty, courage and strength.”

If you go

The Day of Caring for Breast Cancer Awareness will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 9 at the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza.

For more information, email dayofcaring2015@yahoo.com.

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