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Crystal Beach, Fort Erie hosts breast cancer fundraiser Special

Posted Aug 22, 2011 by Alexa Tomaszewski
Ontario beach-goers were entertained Saturday by live performances, speeches from cancer survivors and multiple fashion shows, all topped off with an appearance by singer Karl Wolf.
Dasha from Kapow Models wears K Turn Around earrings and a Pinkini swimsuit.
Dasha from Kapow Models wears K Turn Around earrings and a Pinkini swimsuit.
Living Pink Through Fashion was organized and the event was hosted by model/actress/entrepreneur Kimberly Edwards. The cause, raising funds for and creating breast cancer awareness, is close to her heart.
"Living Pink was started because my mom is a five and a half year breast cancer survivor," Edwards said in an interview on the beach. "We lost my dad to a rare cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma."
Rhabdomyosarcoma is a form of cancer that commonly occurs in children and very rarely is diagnosed in adults. There are about 1 in 6 people in North America who have been affected by this cancer as an adult.
Kimberly Edwards  actress/model  founder of Live Pink and organizer of Live Pink Through Fashion  ho...
Kimberly Edwards, actress/model, founder of Live Pink and organizer of Live Pink Through Fashion, hosts an afternoon in the sun.
Two days after Edwards lost her father, her mother - Ingrid Turner - found out she had breast cancer.
To date Edwards' mother has undergone two surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and a new preventative treatment called Herceptin.
Kapow Models take over Fort Erie s Crystal Beach Saturday August 20 to raise funds for breast cancer...
Kapow Models take over Fort Erie's Crystal Beach Saturday August 20 to raise funds for breast cancer.
"That’s why I started living pink, there’s just too many moms, sisters, wives and everybody else that is being lost from this disease," she said.
The annual Live Pink fashion event is young, but the Live Pink movement has many supporters and each year Edwards is looking to hold a bigger, better event.
“We had our first event last year at Hamilton place, it was a huge success, it was packed to the hilt. But this year I wanted to bring it a little closer to home," Edwards said.
The Kapow Models  in Pinkini  bring it for the camera. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
The Kapow Models, in Pinkini, bring it for the camera. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
"Everyone from all over creation is here today," she said enthusiastically.
"Karl Wolf is here today, he’s coming from Montreal. We have all kinds of Toronto artists, we have bands," she said. "We have pink designers on the runway, Canadian designers – Brandon Dwyer who won project runway. David Dixon who's also a top Canadian designer."
More importantly - "Everything on the runway is going to be pink or accessorized with pink and everything is for breast cancer," Edwards said.
Backstage models changed from outfit to outfit in 30+ degree weather  shoes by far posed the most da...
Backstage models changed from outfit to outfit in 30+ degree weather, shoes by far posed the most dangerous hazard.
"All in all it’s going to be a big beach party," she said.
And a beach party it was, as models nabbed the crowds interest in both local wares like Mad Cap Hats and designer clothing from the upper ranks of Canadian fashion.
J. Gucci entertained the crowd with a few rap songs and hosted the fashion show portion alongside Edwards. The two played off one another well and kept the crowd laughing even in the sweltering heat.
Mr. Chin and Runner up take 30 degrees up a notch. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
Mr. Chin and Runner up take 30 degrees up a notch. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
DJ Beat Crusher provided the sound track to the afternoon pumping out beats like Katy Perry's 'California Girls' and LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem'.
Bodies were definitely rocking.
Edwards own modeling agency, launched this past January, Kapow Models featured up and coming and international models who worked the runway in an array of different looks.
All accessories accompanying each look on the runway were by K, Turn Around Jewelry. Including handcrafted rings, necklaces and body chains made by Edwards herself and launched this past January.
The jewelry includes lines in support for breast cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma and Japan relief. All styles can be found online and online only.
Kapow Model Ell Moyer models a K Turn Around belly chain  handmade by Kimberly Edwards. Photo By: Al...
Kapow Model Ell Moyer models a K Turn Around belly chain, handmade by Kimberly Edwards. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
"It’s full on diva wear, not for the faint of heart. I go all out. If you can find it somewhere else in the store it’s not in my line. I’m known for enormous rings and big long earrings, really really funky stuff," she said of her jewelry line.
"I started making it for my shoots because I could never find the crazy pieces that I wanted for creative shoots," she said of her inspiration. "So I started making it and other models would be like ‘oh my gosh I want that’."
The line, just launched this past January, already has a following. Keri Hilson was spotted just a few nights prior to the Living Pink fashion event in a pair of Edwards, K, Turn Around custom made earrings.
Kapow Model Sunshine Sin gave away free goodies to the crowd. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
Kapow Model Sunshine Sin gave away free goodies to the crowd. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
Pinkini, a line of custom made swimwear, was one of the designers to suit the girls in all pink. Shipped over the boarder early Saturday morning, stylist, Amanda Forde, put together unique and eclectic looks.
The Kapow models worked the runway and the crowd by giving out goodies like water guns and pink polka dot inner tubes.
Ingrid Turner, Edwards mother, was in attendance - decked out all in pink, of course.
“I want people to just see there are other people who are interested in the cause and how much we need this," Turner said in an interview. "We need the people to get involved and we need the people to donate."
"Anyone can donate their time. Drivers are needed at all times. People who can crochet little hats for people who are going to chemo especially in the winter. It gets kind of chilly when you’re bald," she said of ways community members can help, even if they don't have the money.
Models wore designs from Pinkini Custom Swim Suits while they helped raise money for Breast Cancer r...
Models wore designs from Pinkini Custom Swim Suits while they helped raise money for Breast Cancer research and awareness.
Only a few moments into talking with Turner it becomes clear she's as heavily involved in the organization as her daughter.
"I don’t think there’s a person who doesn’t have a mother, grandmother, friend, cousin who’s been touched by breast cancer. It’s a killer disease and any of us who have survived are so fortunate, it’s like we’ve been given another life,” said Turner.
She hopes research someday finds a cure and remains a strong believer in the importance community support can bring to cancer patients or those touched by cancer.
"I started a little organization and we’re crocheting afghan’s and lap rugs for cancer patients because you just feel really cold after treatment and it’s a long way home," said Turner.
Like any proud mother, Turner insists she's the one who's inspired - by her daughter.
Models and celebrities joined Crystal Beach goers, Chin Bikini models, Daniel Panetta, Jay Vado and Karl Wolf all showed up to support the cause.
Stylist Amanda Forde loads Kapow model up with K  Turn Around Jewelry.
Stylist Amanda Forde loads Kapow model up with K, Turn Around Jewelry.
Serena Di Millo, Miss Chin 2011, woke up at 5 a.m. and drove in from Toronto to model for the show.
"This particular event is sponsored by Dea swimwear. It’s the same swimwear that sponsored the Chin event," she said. "The owner is a self made entrepreneur; just starting out here in Canada. He really cares about his business and he put’s all his heart into it."
Mr. and Miss Chin  2011 take a moment from the catwalk to pose for the camera.
Mr. and Miss Chin 2011 take a moment from the catwalk to pose for the camera.
"So that was my main reason, was because he asked me to come wear his swimwear," Di Millo said. "This particular sponsor has a mastectomy line of swim suits. So he caters to people who are post-cancer treatment."
Ell Moyer for Kapow Models walks the runway in Dea two piece swimwear. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
Ell Moyer for Kapow Models walks the runway in Dea two piece swimwear. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
Di Millo was a 2010 Sunshine Girl and soon will be hosting a real estate reality television show on the Women's Network called 'My House, Your Money' produced by Cineflex.
"It’s going to be about buyers who are buying a home with the financial assistance of their parents. And I am going to be appearing in Chin crown and sash on the show,” she said.
Di Millo said she thinks her families are most quirky as she launched into a story about one buyers love of vintage, floor to floor, shag carpeting.
A realtor in her everyday life, Di Millo spend a good portion of her morning doing business on a blackberry that couldn't quite figure out if it was in the United State's or Canada. She's a busy girl.
"People kind of come out of the woodwork, they either find you on Facebook or they get your number somehow," she said.
Miss Chin works the crowd and makes a tiny new fan. Photo by: Alexa Tomaszewski
Miss Chin works the crowd and makes a tiny new fan. Photo by: Alexa Tomaszewski
Overall, Di Millo looked right at home on the runway, she gave love to the crowd and they sent it right back.
Fashion and music aside, some inspirational speakers took the stage also.
Most notable was Bonnie Harris, a breast cancer survivor gearing up to head the Fort Erie Terry Fox run.
She came out to the event as a big believer in community support. “I live alone, so without my friends, the community and strangers I would have not survived. It’s not just about money. It’s about our everyday community," said Harris in an interview before her speech.
Bonnie Harris talks to the crowd about surviving cancer
Bonnie Harris talks to the crowd about surviving cancer
"I’m organizing and running in the Terry Fox run in Fort Erie on Sunday September 18, 2011. For the first time ever we’re linking communities together. We’re not doing a circle, we’re going from Fort Erie to the Old Fort were the river starts on the French trail all the way to Ridgeway," said Harris.
At the time when Harris signed on, she was unsure if she would even be able to participate.
“I read in June the event was going to be cancelled. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t function," Harris said. "I made a decision, they were looking for somebody to take it over and I thought, how can it be cancelled, cancer hasn’t been cancelled.”
Harris is planning some new and exciting things to make this year's Terry Fox run bigger and better than ever.
"I have water from the Atlantic Ocean that’s going to be at the start, because Terry dipped his legs into the Atlantic Ocean when he started in St. Johns, Newfoundland. He planned to dip it in the Pacific in B.C. which he never made it to," she said.
"He made it to Thunder Bay, Ontario instead. So I also have water from British Columbia coming from the Pacific Ocean for the end, so it’s going to symbolize a beginning and an end,” Harris said.
Karl Wolf preforms at Crystal Beach for Living In Pink Through Fashion
Karl Wolf preforms at Crystal Beach for Living In Pink Through Fashion
Harris is a true example of how surviving cancer can change your life completely. It's clear since her illness she's all about giving back.
"I had nothing up until the point I decided to do this. I was laying in bed the beginning of May and I said if I ever get out of bed and if my strength even comes back to me half, I have something major to do," she said.
"I will never take walking for granted. I will never take anything for granted. I had so much to do and I was lying in bed thinking I have so much to do." said Harris.
"I knew I wasn’t going to die of cancer, from the day I was diagnosed, I knew it was just not going to kill me," she said.
Attitude is everything and Harris proves that with her bright smile. A smile sure to be seen running in the Terry Fox run come September.
As the afternoon wore on audience members became more and more aware of Karl Wolf's pending appearance, singing to 'Africa' and "Ghetto Love' with J. Gucci.
Mr. Chin and Kapow model take the runway highlighting hot denim looks  easy to transition into fall....
Mr. Chin and Kapow model take the runway highlighting hot denim looks, easy to transition into fall. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
A few more runway shows to go, soon the stage would be packed not with beach goers, but concert goers.
As the sun dipped down, the Kapow Models brought their fiercest looks and poses before taking in the show themselves.
The Kapow models were a bright bunch, all willing and excited to be helping out for breast cancer research and support.
Everyone though - attendees and organizers a like were excited to catch Karl Wolf preform exclusively for Living Pink Through Fashion, right on Crystal Beach.
Preform he did, singing hits like 'Ghetto Love' and 'Africa', Wolf had the whole audience singing and dancing along.
He even wore pink.
It was the perfect way to top off a perfect day at the beach, all in conjunction with a great cause.
For more information on Edwards Live Pink organization please see http://livingpink.info
Karl Wolf serenades fans at Crystal Beach for Living Pink Through Fashion. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszews...
Karl Wolf serenades fans at Crystal Beach for Living Pink Through Fashion. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski