Links for Life fashion show supports breast cancer survivors

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Links for Life is partnering with the Outlets at Tejon to put on a fashion show for breast cancer awareness.

This year, the show will feature four women and their style transformations.

Vicki Meadows is a five-year survivor. Coleen Gundzik was diagnosed 11 years ago and didn’t think she’d see her 50th birthday. Natalie Robles was pregnant with her first baby when she found out she had breast cancer.

Their shared struggles with cancer have brought them together for a good cause.

“Women that have gone through breast cancer have experienced body changes, and that is a very intimate experience for them,” said Laurie Brucker, the style ambassador at the Outlets at Tejon. “My favorite part about this is really the transformation that style creates for the women. When you put something on a woman that fits them well, makes the woman feel like they are their best selves–that is life-changing.”

Stores from Coach to Kate Spade and Express lent their clothes, shoes, and accessories. All funds raised will stay in Kern County.

For these women now, they’re looking at a long runway of happiness.

“Adrian is almost going to be two years old,” Robles said.

Meadows added, “I feel like God has blessed me with these other women that I wouldn’t know otherwise.”

And Gundzik said, “I am pushing 60, and I am cancer-free, doing well, and loving life.”

Links for Life holds a support meeting on the first Tuesday of every month, open to any breast cancer survivor to attend. The organization also offers mammograms, a wig shop, and more. For more information, visit linksforlife.org.

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