My name is Raymia Henderson. I'm a native Washingtonian and founder of The Rebirth of Style, a fashion design company. I create custom, bespoke garments for women and men. I am also the curator of the Annual Runway for a Cure DC event.
Last year, a family member reached out to me to inquire if I had any garments that could be worn by a friend of hers who was a double masectomy breast cancer survivor. Regretfully, I didn't have any garments in inventory for her friend. I met with her friend, listened to her story about her journey, and one thing stood out from our conversation.
Some women don't have the insurance or means to pay for the treatment of breast cancer. In the words of this survivor, "I had to decide between feeding my children paying my mortgage or car note, or paying for my pills for treatment".
In addition to financial impacts, breast cancer survivors are dealing with their body images and how their bodies may have changed during and after treatment. For this survivor, she struggled with finding well fitting dresses because of her double masectomy and her weight gain/loss.
After the conversation with my new survivor client, I made her a complimentary outfit as a parting gift and I promised to make her another garment for her upcoming extra debut on a well known drama series. I traveled to New Orleans to fit her and delivered her dress in person.
When I came up with the idea of hosting a fashion show in honor of breast cancer survivors, I couldn't help but think back to that experience with my client last year. So, I started searching for organizations who help women through the financial struggles of paying for their breast cancer treatment, and I found one in the Breast Care of Washington, DC.
This event is my way of giving back to women who face similar financial and self-esteem issues due to their fight to find a cure and recognizing an organization who saw a need in the DC community and filled the gap!