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Cancer Survivor Show Doubles in Size

Omaha Fashion Week -- the spring edition -- kicked off with a special event on Tuesday night. The Cancer Survivor Style show doubled in size in just one year. Every model is a survivor.

More than 500 people packed Kaneko in the Old Market for the opening of the spring fashion week.

Last year for the Methodist Survivor Style Show, there were 40 models showing off the clothes from local boutiques. This year there were more than 80 -- most of them women.

Kelly Konen's two children came to the runway to support her.

"You have to go to the doctor a lot and take special medicine," said her 9-year-old daughter Kelsie.

Kelly is a breast cancer survivor of two years.

What does her seven year old son think?

Reporter: "What do you think your mom will look like when she comes out?"
Easton, who is 7, said, "Pretty!"

For the Konen family -- even with elementary children -- they were partners in recovery.

"We were really honest with the kids right out of the gate," said Kelly, "And kept them involved. They went with me to the appointments."

The three boys of Nancy Courtney came decked out in pink.

"She's my mom and it was kind of heartbreaking at first," said Josh Formanek, reacting to hearing the diagnosis.

They see this fashion show as another tool of solidarity.

"It shows they survived and then can showcase they can do it all," said stepson Austin Courtney.

"It's a huge collective hug of survivors helping other survivors," said Kelly Konen.

Omaha Fashion Week continues through Saturday night at Kaneko, 11th and Jones.

For more information and tickets, click here.


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