Cancer patients, physicians become fashion models for a cause

WHAT: Saks Fifth Avenue San Antonio is hosting an invitation-only fashion show to promote three October shopping opportunities that benefit the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Modeling fall fashions will be CTRC patients and doctors.

  • Saks is donating to CTRC 80 percent of sales of a limited edition KEY TO THE CURE T-shirt designed by Michael Kors for Saks and sold, for $40, only at its North Star Mall store.
  • Saks is donating to CTRC a percentage of the store’s sales during its KEY TO THE CURE shopping weekend Oct. 15-18.
  • Saks is supporting a Cancer Center Council program that benefits the CTRC, the Partners Shopping Card. A $50 donation to purchase the Partners Shopping Card entitles the buyer to receive a 20 percent discount at more than 400 retailers during a 10-day period, Oct. 23 – Nov. 1.

WHEN: Fashion show 11:30 – 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

Interviews available from– 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Saks Fifth Avenue, North Star Mall

Designer Collections on Two (St. John’s area)

WHO: Emcee: Bobby Dees, general manager, Saks Fifth Avenue San Antonio

Models include:

  • Dr. Tyler Curiel, executive director, CTRC at the UT Health Science Center
  • Elizabeth Boyer, CTRC ovarian cancer patient
  • Drs. Randy and Pam Otto. Randy is CTRC’s physician in chief; Pam is a radiologist in the CTRC Breast Cancer Clinic
  • Don Cohick, CTRC patient and prostate cancer survivor
  • Mike Beldon, CTRC patient and cancer survivor, owner of Beldon Roofing
  • Dr. Alonso Gutierrez, medical physicist in the CTRC’s radiation therapy center
  • Heather Hermstad, CTRC thyroid cancer patient who travels from California
  • Dr. Lee Carlisle, medical director of the CTRC’s Ambulatory Surgical Center
  • Martha Arredondo, CTRC patient and 10-year cancer survivor
  • Dr. Jennifer Carew, researcher in the CTRC’s Institute for Drug Development

NOTES: KEY TO THE CURE is Saks Fifth Avenue’s nationwide annual campaign to help raise money for women’s cancers. Over the past 10 years, it has generated more than $32 million toward cancer research nationwide.

This is the first year that Saks has allowed its local stores to partner with a local charity for the campaign. Saks Fifth Avenue San Antonio chose CTRC’s Gynecological Oncology Program. Faculty and staff conduct research, diagnose and treat cancers of a woman’s reproductive system, such as the cervix, ovaries and uterus.

PARKING: Easiest access is from the parking structure east of Saks. Park on the second level on the Saks side and take the walkway into the store. The St. John’s area will be nearby.

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the nation’s leading academic research and treatment centers, serving more than 4.4 million people in the high-growth corridor of Central and South Texas including Austin, San Antonio, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. CTRC is one of a few elite cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Cancer Center, and is one of only three in Texas. A world leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, The CTRC Institute for Drug Development (IDD) is internationally recognized for conducting the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug trials program in the world, and participates in the clinical and/or preclinical development of many of the cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. For more information, visit the Web site at

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