Cancer survivors strut at Secret Sisters Society luncheon

Anyone who has a sister knows how special that bond can be and Wednesday in South Bend, even those with “secret sisters” were feeling the love.

The 11th Annual Secret Sisters Society Luncheon was held at Notre Dame's Compton Family Ice Arena Wednesday.

Hundreds packed the arena to help raise money for the luncheon and style show so that women who can't afford mammograms can get them.

Sponsored by the women's task force of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, the women strutting their stuff Wednesday were Michiana cancer survivors.

First down the runway was Kari hazelbake, a young Goshen mom, who at just 35, allowed us to follow her into surgery as she underwent a double mastectomy and immediate reconstruction.

Chief development officer at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Ann Rathburn, says events like this save lives.
“We serve hundreds of women but we've served 4,000 over the last approximately ten years so it's very inspirational for all of us and it gives hope to ladies in this region who need help and can't afford that mammogram,” she said.

NewsCenter 16’s Tricia Sloma and oncologist Dr. Michael Method emceed the stylish event.

Women who qualify for free mammograms are able to get them at various locations throughout Michiana, including SJRMC hospitals in mishawaka or Plymouth, Elkhart General Hospital or Memorial Hospital.

More information on the Secret Sister Society and free mammograms can be found by going to the link on the WNDU website. Just click on the Big Red Bar.

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