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Orpington breast cancer survivor to strut her stuff at charity fashion show

PUBLISHED: 10:05 06 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 06 September 2016

Hedwig Hegtermans

Hedwig Hegtermans

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Hedwig Hegtermans was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012

Four years on from a devastating cancer diagnosis, one Orpington woman will take to the catwalk later this year for a charity fashion show.

Hedwig Hegtermans will share the stage with 31 other models from across the country, all of whom have been diagnosed with the life-threatening illness.

The 54-year-old will be taking part in the 20th Breast Cancer Care Show, celebrating life after diagnosis and treatment.

She said: “On November 1 2012, I got the shocking news that I had breast cancer. After body altering surgery and months of treatment, from chemo to radiothreapy, I had to put my life back together.

“With the help of those around me and Breast Cancer Care I managed that.

“Having to go through treatment for breast cancer is not something I wish to anyone, but the experience was not only negative.

“I have met great people and made new friends. It also brought me opportunities that I never would have otherwise, like sharing the catwalk with 31 inspirational and wonderful people.”

For the show’s 20th anniversary, models will be dressed head-to-toe in outfits styled by fashion director Hilary Alexander and coordinator at London Fashion Week Lesley Goring.

Chief executive of Breast Cancer Care, Samia al Qadhi, is excited ahead of the November show.

She said: “Taking to the catwalk is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our models to show that it’s possible to look great and feel confident after a diagnosis or while living with breast cancer.

“The afternoon and evening shows will celebrate the models whilst raising vital funds to support the 60,000 people who are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK every year.”

The Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show takes place on November 2.

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