New York Fashion Week runway show: fearLESS AnaOno x Cancerland benefitting METAvivor sponsored by Eisai

December 20, 2019 1 Comment

New York Fashion Week runway show: fearLESS AnaOno x Cancerland benefitting METAvivor sponsored by Eisai

Post by Dana Donofree, AnaOno Founder and CEO 

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer almost ten years ago, I had no idea that not everybody makes it. Now that I know that 1 out of 3 women diagnosed with breast cancer will develop metastatic breast cancer at some point in their lifetime, I can’t just accept that. WE have to do something about it. 

In 2020, for the fourth year in a row, AnaOno is partnering with #Cancerland in a New York Fashion Week event to raise funds for METAvivor sponsored by EISAI. Each year our efforts are focused on highlighting new conversations within the breast cancer community. This year’s show will be called #fearLESS – we are looking to bridge the gap between early-stagers and late-stagers. By giving voice to our thoughts from both sides of that gap, we hope to remove some of the fear, shame, or judgment someone might feel based on their level of education or experience with advocacy. We know we can only truly accomplish our goals together, and dividing our community comes at a great cost.

If early-stagers are fearful of supporting the late-stage community, we will not have enough voices to bring the much-needed change in funding metastatic breast cancer research and we won’t be able to move the needle. Speaking personally, I have lost way too many friends to this disease. We have all lost too many powerful voices to their diagnoses, and we cannot afford to continue in this way. I have been told more than once that early-stagers are often called “Fearless Friends” to the Stage IV community. We need the help and support of many to achieve this TOGETHER.

We know that advocacy takes a different level of attention, one that can be both scary and emotional, I get it. But this is the work that is so needed in order to support our community as a whole.

We are often told “be brave” or “don’t be scared.” These messages are meant to be supportive, but we know they are sometimes the complete opposite of what we actually feel. Let's talk about those feelings and find ways to use these emotions to propel and kick off the change WE all so desperately need. Engage in the conversation, shine a light on what you fear most by adding in a comment below.

Want to help? Please share our Facebook event or the link to buy tickets to fearLESS. And if you or someone you know would like to volunteer, fill out a form here.

fearLESS AnaOno x Cancerland benefitting METAvivor sponsored by EISAI
100% of proceeds go directly to research

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020⁠⠀
Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, New York, NY  10002⁠⠀
Schedule: VIP Champagne brunch: 11:30 am⁠, Doors open to general admission: 12pm⁠, Showtime: 1pm⁠



Meet Allyn

I was 26 when I underwent bilateral reconstruction after losing my mother to breast cancer.  

I walk because it allows us to know that life doesn't stop after surgery. We can be sexy... we can thrive... we can live whole and fulfilling lives. 

I feared that having a mastectomy would hold me back from accomplishing some of the dreams I had planned for myself. 

Sponsored by Natrelle

Meet Lakesha 

I was first diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, not once, but twice, and now it has spread beyond the breast into my liver and bones.  

walk to be a part of something that can help others, to show the world what living with metastatic disease looks like. 

I fear leaving my daughter motherless. 


Meet Regina

I was 34 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  

By walking in this show I can continue to encourage and empower myself as well as others in our community. 

I fear what's next. 


Meet Marianne 

I have been diagnosed with cancer three times.  

I can never forget hearing Champagne Joy say, “If we cure Stage 4, we can cure all stages of breast cancer.” This solidified my compassion to make METASTATIC a word that is heard more often in conversation and throughout our community.  

I fear a 4th diagnosis of cancer.   


Meet Erika 

I received my BRCA2 mutation diagnosis 5 years ago, I preventatively removed my breasts and am under surveillance for ovarian cancer.   

I walk to raise awareness of hereditary cancer in the black community. 

I fear the unknown. Although I had a preventative mastectomy, I still worry about other cancers linked to a BRCA mutation. 



Meet Alyssa 

I was 34 years old and a professional dancer when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  

I walk to show that cancer does not define me. I will continue to walk alongside my fellow cancer survivors and thrivers and always be there to support them on their journey. 

I fear my cancer returning and losing friends I have grown close to. 

Sponsored by Natrelle


Meet Daniele 

I was diagnosed in September 2018 and have completed active treatment as of December 2019. I will continue to be on hormone suppression therapy for the next 10 years. 

I walk to inspire others not to shy away from the hard path we must take, but to walk with confidence in that path knowing it was created just for us.  

I fear letting my depression consume me. 

Meet Chelsey 

I have been living with TNBC breast cancer since 2017 at the age of 33.

I use holistic and integrative approaches as an opportunity to live my life beyond my diagnosis. 

I fear side effects could create a new problem for me now or in the future.

Sponsored by NYBRA

Meet Mina 

I was 38 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  

I walk for internal healing and helping others see my strength in living the best life I’ve been blessed with. 

I fear cancer coming back.  

Sponsored by Natrelle

Meet Erica 

am BRCA+ and was diagnosed and treated for melanoma, which then lead to a preventative mastectomy.    

I walk to showcase the beautiful that comes from going through dark moments. It only helps us to shine bigger, brighter and more fully than ever before.  

I feared the loss of my femininity, but I feel more feminine than ever. 

Sponsored by LBBC


Meet Melissa  

I was 42 and a mother to two young daughters when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  

I walk to show women who were recently diagnosed that there is life after breast cancer. To tell cancer…you can’t steal anything from me.   

I fear living in fear. 

Sponsored by Natrelle


Meet Jamil 

I received a Stage IV De Novo breast cancer diagnosis about two years ago.  

Inspiring others to embrace their beauty and strength despite cancer trying to take it from me is why I walk.  

I fear not being able to control the metastasis if it progresses. 

Sponsored by EISAI

Meet Alissa 

I was diagnosed with cancer at age 31.  

I walk to empower women of all ages but especially younger women. It is magical to be surrounded by others & not feel so alone in this everyday struggle. 

I fear recurrence. 


Meet Sofia 

After dealing with stage 2 TNBC and lung cancer, I have no evidence of disease.    

I walk to make people aware that this can happen to any of us, and it IS okay, we can STILL live and enjoy life.  

My biggest fear is not being around for my daughters. The hardest part of treatment was to lose my hair. 

Meet Ashadee

am a mother, diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 34.  

I want to “own” my new “flatness” at NYFW. It is crazy, and scary, and yet empowering and life changing. I walk to feel beautiful without my breasts.  

I fear losing myself because of what this disease has taken from me. 


Meet Rachel 

I am a singer songwriter and a mother. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.

I walk to love myself the way I am and accept my body just the way it is after mastectomy and hysterectomy.  

I fear living an incomplete life. 


Meet Katherine

After living 15 years with MBC and 12 treatment regimens down, I know firsthand how important research is!  

Research is life for us, and I walk for life! 

I fear leaving this life without leaving a meaningful legacy for those I love and respect. 

Sponsored by EISAI

Meet Molly

I was diagnosed in 2017 with breast cancer at the age of 32 

I walk to use my body as a form of protest, to fight the stereotype that bravery means we should hide our fears related to this illness. 

All our fears are valid from death to losing our hair. 

Sponsored by V Health

Meet Katie

I was diagnosed with Stage 3B breast cancer in June 2011 at the age of 28 and diagnosed Stage 4 in October of 2015.  

I want to change peoples’ perception of what living with breast cancer looks like.  

Breast cancer brings up many fears that come and go. I fear I won’t be able to control my destiny and live my life on my terms.

Sponsored by Twin City Plastic Surgery

Meet Fabianna 

I am a 14-year triple negative metastatic thriver.  

want to empower other thrivers and build up my views on body image, which has been a challenge for me.  

I fear losing who I am. 

Meet Shannon

I was 41 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  

I walk to voice that as painful as this journey has been, I want to reclaim myself and not let it define me.

I truly fear it returning.

Sponsored by Dr. Gabriel

Meet Anjali

I fought for genetic testing and found out I am BRCA 2 positive in 2017 and removed my breasts and ovaries.  

As a mother of four, I want to inspire other young south Asian women to reach out, speak up, get tested, get mammograms.  

I fear not feeling whole again. 

Meet Kate

I was 37 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  

I walk to show that you can fight a disease and still be able to live a happy life. 

I fear that the cancer could come back and I won’t be able to accomplish my life goals.  

Sponsored by Dr. Gabriel

Meet Oauja

My first diagnosis was Oct 2015. Within 4 years, breast cancer has returned and spread to my bones. I am now metastatic as of December 11, 2019. 

I walk because I don't want to die. Only God can change my journey. Whatever time I have left on this earth – I must enjoy it.  

I fear leaving my daughter! 

Meet Deborah

25 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was more painful and frightening to see my daughter have breast cancer. 

I walk to support my daughter, to honor my mother who also had breast cancer and the whole breast cancer community. 

I fear recurrence in my daughter and myself, but I am inspired by the advances in treatment and restoration.

Sponsored by Penn Medicine

Meet Michelle

I've been living with cancer for the last 9 years with the last 4 being metastatic.  

I walk to show that we, metastatic patients, are still alive and are still relevant in society. We have stories to tell and have so much advocacy to continue to do for those unfortunate to follow us. 

At this point, there's not much that I'm afraid of. I face death every day. I choose to live my best life and encourage others in my situation to do the same. 


Meet Karima 

I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in 2013.  

My goal is to raise awareness of MBC with diversity, ethnicity and education. 

While I fear my disease metastasizing and not being around for my family, I find comfort and support through faith, family, friends and Metavivor.

Sponsored by EISAI and featured with her husband in the 2019 Beneath the Breast Campaign

Meet Tami 

I was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer less than a year ago and now have no evidence of disease.  

I walk to show the world we are all stronger than we know and for those beautiful women that can’t, those fighting, and surviving! 

I fear losing.  

Sponsored by SIU

Meet Lindsey

I was 37 when diagnosed with Stage 2B breast cancer. I was 39 when I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer and have made it to 44!

I'm walking to raise awareness of metastatic breast cancer and the research we so desperately need. As the chair of the Orlando Metsquerade, this is important to me and others living with stage IV breast cancer.  

I fear dying and leaving my family.

Sponsored by EISAI and featured with her husband in the 2019 Beneath the Breast campaign

Meet Brynn 

At 40 years old I was diagnosed with DCIS, and then 20 years later, a second diagnosis of Stage 2 IDC.

It is important to me to bring awareness to this disease at any stage. I walk to share my journey to inspire and help others with their journey.  

Being a two-time survivor, my fear is a recurrence.

Meet Cathy 

I was 48 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  

I walk to feel empowered and to inspire others to stand strong and take back control of their situation 

I fear this is taking over my life, so I am making radical lifestyle changes, letting go, and trusting the journey. 



1 Response


January 12, 2020

I’m part of the flat community following BC in 2013. I was stage 2B with positive nodes. Never considered myself a part of this community until I threw in the towel to help others. If you need help in any way, I’m jn❤️

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