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Local breast cancer survivors take to the runway for, “Heroes in Heels Fashion Show at the Factory in Franklin”

Brentwood, Tenn.— Grammy and CMA award winning country music artist Trisha Yearwood is sharing her time and talent to support breast cancer survivors finding strength and courage after treatment through the YMCA’s After Breast Cancer program.

Yearwood will emcee the YMCA’s annual Gary Force Acura Heroes in Heels Fashion Show benefiting the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign, which makes programs like After Breast Cancer possible. It’s a cause that’s personal for Yearwood.

“This cause is near to my heart because I lost my mom to breast cancer. These women are an inspiration and I’m so excited to be a part of the event,” Yearwood said.

After losing her mother to breast cancer in 2011, Yearwood recorded “PrizeFighter” the title track of her 2014 album.  The song has become an anthem to women fighting the life-threatening disease.  “Women with breast cancer must fight hard each and every day,” Yearwood said.  “It’s not just in October when we all wear pink that they are fighting.  I hope this song reminds them that they always have our support and their fighting spirit will see them through.”

On Tuesday October 4, over 25 survivors will model the latest fall fashions from Dillards. Maryland Farms YMCA Executive Director Jodi Schroer says, “The event helps us increase awareness of and support for vital Y programs that help so many people in our community. ABC is a part of those efforts and helps survivors navigate their recovery journey following cancer treatment.”


About the program

Nearly one in eight of our neighbors will face a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Earlier detection and improved therapies have increased survival rates, but post-treatment support can still be a challenge for many women. With the Y’s After Breast Cancer (ABC) program, local survivors get the specialized wellness guidance they need on their road to recovery. Many of them will take to the runway to celebrate survival at the upcoming fashion show.

The program has been at the Maryland Farms YMCA for 8 years, and in that time nearly 1,000 women in Williamson and Davidson counties have taken part. In 2016, 57 women in 8 groups have gone through the program, with more groups scheduled to start during the remainder of the year. The program is also offered at the Bellevue, Clarksville, Green Hills, Robertson County and Sumner County YMCAs and in the Murfreesboro area in partnership with St. Thomas Rutherford.


Event Details:

When: Tuesday, October 4

Where: Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin

What: Gary Force Acura Heroes in Heels Fashion Show

6:30pm-7:30pm: Cocktail Hour (included in ticket price)

7:30pm: Fashion Show with special guest Trisha Yearwood

Tickets are available for $60 in advance, $70 at the door on the day of the event. A reserved table can be purchased for $750, which is the cost to send one woman through the entirety of the program. Half tables for 4 are also available for advance purchase for $375. To purchase advance tickets visit us online. For more information about the Heroes in Heels fashion show contact Chelsea Arnette, Development Director, at (615) 373-2900 or visit us at For additional information about the ABC Program contact Nancy Brown, ABC Coordinator at or (615)373-2900.

Special Thanks for Special Sponsors

We extend special thanks to this year’s title sponsor Gary Force Acura.  Along with Dillards Cool Springs, this event is made possible thanks to many generous sponsors and partners: thank you to VACO, 4 Wall Lighting, AIG, LabeLive, Tennessee Oncology, Williamson Medical Center, Regions Bank, Studio Gaven, Kendra Scott and Grannis Photography for their support of this amazing event.

About the Y

The YMCA of Middle Tennessee is the region’s leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Inspired by its mission as a worldwide charitable fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of helping people grow in spirit, mind and body, for more than 140 years, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee has been giving people of all ages the tools they need to learn, grow and thrive. Last year, the Y reached 268,301 lives—nearly a third of them kids—by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to serve others and support our neighbors.