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NASHUA The seventh annual Denim to Diamonds Fashion Show against ovarian cancer will take place Sunday, Sept. 27, at Pompanoosuc Mills in downtown Nashua.
The show is put on by Fresh of Nashua, a downtown women clothing boutique, and Scontsas Fine Jewelry and Home Decor. The businesses will provide clothing and jewelry for the 18 female models and five male models for the different runway events.
This year, Nina Kelly, run/walk coordinator for the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is helping to coordinate the proceedings.
Kelly said it was important to her for the New Hampshire Chapter to get involved this year, and while it her first year being involved with the fashion show, it her 10th year with the annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer.
“It the deadliest of all the gynecological cancers,” Kelly said. when models and guests head downstairs for the fashion show.
Philip Scontsas, an owner of Scontsas Fine Jewelry, said he and Cheryl Plunkett, owner of Fresh, collaborated with their spouses to come up with this event because they wanted to give back to the community in a unique way.
“We wanted to do a woman cause that isn often highlighted,” Scontsas said. “September is a great time to introduce the fall fashions and help a hugely important cause.”
The Sunday event will have several runway walks that will showcase different fashion styles and accessories, and a “Haute” Shoe Contest in which models and attendees get to show off their shoes with prizes for the best pair.
Plunkett described the casual clothing walk as a showcase for casual fashions with matching casual jewelry. The accessory walk will have the models, usually dressed in black, loaded up with cool jewels and bags.
The third walk introduces the male models with a variety of fashions from Dick Avard Haberdashery, and the final walk is the formal event, which will have models displaying dressy clothing paired with diamond jewelry.
“When the models come down we describe their clothing and jewelry, then we tell their story,” Scontsas said. “It a very emotional and personal moment when you hear these stories. A lot of them have had to go through chemo and wear wigs, and they tell us that for some of them this was the first time they felt beautiful.”
Sue Wilkinson has been attending the event since its second year when she was asked to be a speaker. A survivor of ovarian cancer, Wilkinson said Plunkett knew her story and asked her to speak at the event. After that, she continued to participate as a model.
“It doesn get the air time other diseases and cancers get,” Wilkinson said. “I lost three friends in the past four years to this cancer.”
Wilkinson primary care physician was treating her for lower lumbar issues and UTIs when she complained of pain and discomfort. But it wasn until she went to see her gynecologist and had testing done that she found out something more was wrong.
“Dr. Wasserman asked how I was, and I said I wasn feeling good. So he ran some tests and saw from the ultrasound that I had ovarian cysts encapsulating my ovaries,” Wilkinson said.
Wilkinson was lucky, after two surgeries the cancer was removed at the earliest stage it could be identified, as a small cell on top of a dermoid cyst, and after five years of intense post op follow ups she has been cancer free for 24 years.
“I want models to come away from this event knowing that ovarian cancer is hard to diagnose and you have to be in touch with your body,” Wilkinson said. “The Ovarian Cancer Coalition is an amazing resource, and there are cancer signs that you can make note of.”
A total of 200 tickets are available for purchase, costing $50 each. They can be purchased at Fresh of Nashua and Scontsas Fine Jewelry and Home Decor. All the proceeds go to the NOCC New Hampshire Chapter.