Patients Walk the Runway at MD Anderson’s Love Your Body Day
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center works not only to cure patients of cancer, but also to help them recover once their bodies have been through treatment.
Every year, MD Anderson hosts Love Your Body Day to help patients love their bodies and feel confident after undergoing treatments.
This year’s theme, “Body Image for All Ages,” brought in patients of all ages to participate in the fashion show. Men, women, teenagers and children walked the runway in their favorite outfits.
Ronnie Pace, a two-time male breast cancer survivor, walked in what he calls his “MD Anderson Outfit.”
“MD Anderson, to me, is the epitome of what a hospital should be,” Pace said. “They care about their patients, they care about me as a person. When I can do things like the fashion show today, I will, because the hospital means so much to me.”
More than 30 cancer survivors of all ages walked in the fashion show and many more created artwork that was on display during the show.
MD Anderson’s Body Image Therapy Program helps patients overcome body image concerns. Michelle Cororve Fingeret, Ph.D., director of the Body Image Therapy Program, encourages patients to find ways to appreciate and enjoy their bodies as cancer survivors.
“As many people know, cancer treatment can have a profound impact on patient’s bodies, not only on your outer appearance but also including changes to the body function,” Fingeret said. “We strive to raise awareness about how normal it is to have these changes and Love Your Body Day allows our survivors to strut their stuff in outfits they have chosen that make their bodies feel comfortable and confident.”