Breast cancer patients and survivors find solidarity through fashion

CHELSEA, N.Y. (WABC) -- Breast cancer patients and survivors found solidarity as they teamed up with a top fashion designer earlier this month for a clothing design workshop.

Designer Whitney Pozgay joined 15 women at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Chelsea October 6 to 8 for a design master class to design shirts, infinity scarves and head wraps. Pozgay draws inspiration from her past, recent travels and the kaleidoscope of forms on the streets of New York City to advance her positive outlook on life in her design brand, WHiT.

Pozgay's positive vibes impacted the event participants who focused less on their illnesses and troubles, and more on the excitement of creating a meaningful product as a team. Pozgay described how it was inspiring to see the women use their shared cancer experiences to work together and create the clothing pieces.

The women in attendance at the event explained how it was the community and solidarity that made the event special.

"You're meeting new people that are in the same situation as you are," cancer patient Inez West said.

According to Dr. Sarah Cate, one in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.

The event is part of a series organized by Fashion Fights Cancer, an organization that offers cancer patients the opportunity to express themselves through fashion and artistic creations.
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