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In the pink, the catwalk queens are all survivors

PUBLISHED: 17:34 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 August 2010

STANDING OVATION: Some of the model patients at the special event.

STANDING OVATION: Some of the model patients at the special event.

MODELS were given a standing ovation by an audience who took to their feet to applaud the breast cancer patients who braved the catwalk. The event, held last Thursday at The Glades was part of the shopping centre s breast cancer awareness activities whi

MODELS were given a standing ovation by an audience who took to their feet to applaud the breast cancer patients who braved the catwalk.

The event, held last Thursday at The Glades was part of the shopping centre's breast cancer awareness activities which have been ongoing all year.

The women, all of whom are either being treated for breast cancer or are in remission, were showcasing the latest Autumn trends in a show choreographed by Danielle Harrison, manager of the dance troupe Diversity, winners of this year's Britain's Got Talent television show.

Mother-of-two Melanie Norris from Petts Wood was diagnosed four years ago at the age of 34, when her children were aged just four and two. She said: "It was a very long year but slowly and surely I recovered and, four years on, I see the whole experience as a positive one.

"I'm more confident and determined to enjoy life, as you really never know what's just around the corner."

The models have all been under the care of the specialist breast cancer team at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), Farnborough.

The PRUH's consultant breast surgeon, Mr Anil Desai, is campaigning to raise £60,000 to purchase a sentinel lymph node analyser and the money raised at the fashion show will go towards this.

Currently, women have to wait about two weeks for the results of a sentinel node biopsy but the new equipment will enable medics to carry out the analysis and all the required lymph surgery in one operation, improving the lives of patients and also saving the hospital money.

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