Cancer

Annual fashion show aids Candy’s Place Center for Cancer Wellness

Ovarian and uterine cancer patient Christine Madden models on the runway at 8th annual Candy’s Place Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Woodlands Inn in Plains Township on Sunday.
Breast cancer patient Cindy Baum models on the runway at 8th annual Candy’s Place Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Woodlands Inn in Plains Township on Sunday.
Colon cancer ‘veteran’ Dave Jenkins models on the runway at the 8th annual Candy’s Place Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Woodlands Inn in Plains Township on Sunday.
Candy’s Place founder Penny Cunningham waves to a friend as she steps off the runway during the 8th annual Candy’s Place Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Woodlands Inn in Plains Township on Sunday.
Colon cancer ‘veteran’ Dave Jenkins models on the runway at the 8th annual Candy’s Place Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Woodlands Inn in Plains Township on Sunday.
Ovarian and uterine cancer patient Christine Madden models on the runway at 8th annual Candy’s Place Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Woodlands Inn in Plains Township on Sunday.

PLAINS TWP. — Placing one black heel in front of the other, Joanne Hite stepped onto the stage, marking her debut in the 8th annual Candy’s Place Fashion Show.

Wearing a black dress donated by Boden and a brightly-colored layered necklace, Hite smiled and waved to the cheering audience as she strutted down the runway.

“I’m just so blessed that I’m even alive,” the two-time breast cancer survivor said after she stepped off the stage, adding that she loved the outfit she modeled.

Hite was just one of 12 cancer patients and survivors that joined Candy’s Place founder Penny Cunningham on stage at the Woodlands Inn on Sunday for the event, which serves as a major fundraiser for the nonprofit.

More than 200 attendees filled the ballroom, enjoying lunch and shopping at a variety of vendors before the show. WBRE-TV’s Kelly Bryne acted as the event’s emcee, with local businesses supplying more than 30 raffle baskets.

After being in remission for more than a decade, Hite was diagnosed…