Some of the strongest people on the planet are those who come face to face with cancer and fight the battle head on. Their bravery and perseverance is so incredibly inspiring, and I'm in awe every time I hear a survivor's story. But in most cases, even the strongest of those survivors will tell you that they didn't do it alone.

There's a good chance you may know a family member or a friend whose life has been affected by this horrible disease. In our local area, we're lucky enough to have an organization like Ann's Place.

Ann's Place is a dream come true for people like Denise from Ridgefield and many other cancer warriors in the Danbury area. She says it's run by, "selfless volunteers and amazing professionals who provide wellness, support, and counseling services at absolutely no charge to those living with cancer and their families."

Denise was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer last fall and all of a sudden, her world turned upside down -- not only for Denise, but for her husband Joe and their three children.

In telling her story, Denise explains that every day is a challenge. Every day is a journey, as she and her family try to "make sense of a post-diagnosis world." She's been able to persevere on this roller coaster ride due to the love and support of her close-knit family and friends, along with the help of Ann's Place.

Next Thursday, April 25, Denise and her daughters are participating as models in a fashion show to benefit Ann's Place at the Ridgefield Playhouse called Fashion at Its Finest beginning at 6:30 pm. The night is hosted by hilarious comedian and friend of the Ethan and Lou show, Christine O'Leary, and will feature styles from Ridgefield's Audrey Road and ARkids.

If your life or the life of a loved one has been touched by cancer, then you know it can be an incredible challenge. If you would like to lend a helping to this area's cancer warriors and have fun doing it, please click on

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