Fashion show gives hope in the fight against cancer

Winifred ‘Toby’ Harvie will join other cancer survivors as a model in the third annual “Fashions for Hope” dinner and show on Sept. 15. The event is a fundraiser for Relay for Life.

Once again, women from across the area are joining forces to   support an organization near and dear to them. The ladies may not know each other, but they share a common bond. They have all survived cancer.

A dinner and fashion show fundraiser for Relay for Life is bringing these women together as they celebrate their victories. They also want the goals of RFL to be met - education, assistance and research in the fight against cancer.

Toby Harvie of Greencastle agreed to model clothing from Dress Barn at the Sept. 15 event at the Kauffman Ruritan Community Center. Though a retired music teacher in real life, she thought, “This I can do. There will always be people my size around.”

Her story

Harvie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. It was discovered during a routine mammogram.

“I remember getting the news and falling apart,” she said. “Then I went on from there.”

She considers herself very lucky. Her cancer was found early and the affected milk ducts were removed. Her only treatment was radiation.

“I was fortunate. It hadn’t spread. But once you’ve had cancer, you’re always on the verge, ‘What’s this? Do I have it again?’ It hangs over you all the time. I’m sure you never get over that fear.”

She attended her 50th class reunion over the weekend and touched base with a friend who was having a recurrence after being cancer-free for a decade.

Since retiring from her career, with 40 of the 43 years of teaching done in the Greencastle-Antrim School District, Harvie has remained involved in Eastern Star at Queen Esther Chapter No. 3 in Hagerstown. She represented Maryland at a meeting in Wyoming this summer. The work of the organization appeals to her, as does RFL.

She has long been involved locally to give back for the support she received when she was sick. When people gather for a common cause, such as Greencastle’s spring Relay, she discovered, “You’re not going it alone. That’s marvelous.”

The third annual Fashions for Hope begins with doors opening at 5 p.m. for raffle ticket sales. The chicken and ham buffet, provided by the Kauffman Ruritan Club kitchen crew, is at 6:30 and the fashion show begins at 7:30. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 7 and are available at Dodie’s Designs, Curves, Graphics Universal and the Chamber of Commerce in Greencastle; Record Herald in Waynesboro; and the American Cancer Society, 384 Floral Ave. in Chambersburg. The cost is $20.

Models will be, from Greencastle: Harvie, Denise Urban, Donna Gahan, Dorcas Eby, June Lehman, Karen Holmes; from Waynesboro, Jill Hess, Brenda Monn, Cheryl Wible; from Hagerstown, Carletta Sauble; from Williamsport, Diane Statler, Stacey Starliper; from Mercersburg Kim Hongell, Lois Glessner, and from State Line, Kate Fiery.

The fundraiser is sponsored by four RFL teams, Kauffman Ruritan, Greencastle Lioness Club, Salem Church and Jaywalkers.