NEWBURYPORT – With this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, community members will be celebrating the survivors on Thursday at the fifth annual couture for a Cure Marketplace and fashion show to benefit the Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital. [11:59:02 pm] The 11 to 2 pm show at the Salisbury Blue Ocean Event Center is sponsored by the Hospital and the Savings Bank. The tickets cost $ 50 each and go directly to Gerrish, who is celebrating his fifth birthday in connection with the event.
"Number one, the event celebrates survival," said Mary Williamson, vice president of development for Anna Jaques. "We consider these women, who were among the first to be cared for at the Gerrish Breast Care Center, as examples of courage and strength."
Mary Anne Clancy, Vice President of Communications at the Institution for Saving, said the bank was a long-time supporter of Anna Jaques. The savings organization donated money to the new one-patient ward several years ago and also gave money for the purchase of a 3D mammography device essential for detecting early signs of breast cancer
North of Boston Media Group Regional Publisher Karen Andreas will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which will begin with a "Look Good Feel Good Marketplace". Local boutiques, salons and stores will showcase their products and services and offer samples, merchandise and discount coupons, Clancy said. [1
Models include cancer survivors as well as local heroes, said Clancy. Some of the models are also women who have recently been diagnosed, including Newburyport School Resource Officer Megan Tierney. [March59002] In March, Tierney, 33, was diagnosed with stage 2 triple-negative-invasive ductile breast cancer. She will walk on the catwalk next to Newburyport Police Marshal Mark Murray.
Other models are Dr. med. Peter Hartmann, medical director of the Gerrish Breast Care Center. He will be walking the runway with Lucy, one of the hospital's therapy dogs, and Dana Marshall from The River radio station, who is also a breast cancer survivor.
Although the marketplace is in its fifth year, this is the first time fashion show is part of the event, Clancy said. The concept is that the reputation of one's own good often brings the benefits of empowerment and self-confidence. However, it is even more therapeutic for patients who fight cancer and can be a life-saving, critical component of treatment, she added.
Five years ago, Clancy said the institution for savings has contacted Anna Jaques to register in a chamber of commercial breakfast that recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This event coincided with the launch of the Gerrish Breast Care Center. In recent years, breakfast has developed into a lunch and auction.
"As we all know, cancer knows no bounds," said Michael J. Jones, president and CEO of the Savings Bank. "We have had cancer with many of our employees and their family members over the years, and have realized that it is so important to celebrate their success at the end of treatment."
Williamson said the proceeds will benefit the breast cancer center's programs, particularly the Comfort Fund, which supports the treatment of breast cancer patients. The Fund supports patients in a variety of ways, including providing transport for treatment, delivery of food, laundry or delivery of a special item during treatment.
"You can not foresee how this can derail your family life flows," she said. "People do not have the energy to do the most normal things, and this fund helps to cover these extra costs – they are real differentiators of the quality of life that a patient might need."
In addition, Jeannette created cattan, a breast cancer Survivors and One of the Models, Look Good, Feel Better, and a Wig Bank At the Anna Jaques Cancer Center, Williamson said, "It's a dream of her to have a showcase for the Breast Center program," she added she added. "It costs a showcase and we try to realize this dream for her."
Sponsor and Table Provider spots are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website of Anna Jaques Hospital, www.ajh.org, or contact Clancy at 978-225-1324 or contact Kelley Sullivan, Manager Marketing and Community Relations at AJH, at 978-463 -1475  Associate writer Amanda Getchell includes Newburyport and Seabrook. Follow her on Twitter @ajgetch.