Fashioning a fight against breast cancer

WCBS-FM’s Patty Steele began her talk by saying that her hair was somewhat in disarray. But then, she added, four years ago, she didn’t have hair.

Steele was talking about her experience with breast cancer before more than 1,000 women (and a few good men) who attended the Greenwich-based Breast Cancer Alliance’s annual Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Hyatt Regency Oct. 30.

In a talk laced with literary references – she’s a great reader – Steele wove her own tale of survival, then interviewed her doctor, Elisa Port, chief of breast surgery and director of the Dubin Breast Center, with whom she learned to “let go and let trust.”

The delicious lunch of cold roasted chicken and autumnal vegetable salad, prepared by executive chef Brandon Drummond, was accompanied by a sherbet-colored décor that included raspberry, pink and orange gift shawls on every chair, and a show of flowing Akris fashions organized by longtime event sponsor Mitchells, the Greenwich Avenue retailer. As always, though, the most moving moment came when a group of survivors strutted their stuff on the runway. They’re here in part because BCA is not afraid to tread where other research grantors fear to go.

Interested in supporting BCA? There’s a Holiday Gift Boutique noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Greenwich Country Club. There’s a luncheon from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13, which requires prepaid reservations online at breastcanceralliance.org/events and a cash bar that night from 5 to 8 p.m.

Also head to the website for more information on the Cashmere Sale of Greenwich for BCA at 102 Greenwich Ave. Dec. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Georgette Gouveia

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