In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Susan G. Komen® Southern New England is putting on a new event, Catwalk for the Cure, on October 20 at The Innovation and Design Building in Boston. Catwalk is a fun, high-energy cocktail party and fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors wearing the latest fashion trends from Boston-based designers. Among these models is Brookline resident Pares Mallis.

Mallis is a six-year breast cancer survivor and currently works as a gallery director and visual artist. After undergoing treatments, she recalls feeling humble and meek.

“Once my fearlessness subsided, I became patient for the first time and I appreciate every morsel of life’s ups and downs,” Mallis said.

Even though undergoing surgery and chemotherapy were difficult for her, Mallis was able to stay positive by looking towards the future, having the support of her family and friends, and being involved with Komen Southern New England.

Mallis supports Susan G. Komen Southern New England because she believes in the work they do in local communities and wants to help spread awareness of the disease. Mallis also says she gained inspiration through her connection to Komen by seeing other women that have gone through breast cancer.

“I want to share my recovery and rebirth with others,” she said.

Mallis is an accomplished artist who spent 23 years living in Greece where she has exhibited her work.  She is currently the gallery director of the Piano Craft Gallery and Founder/Curator of
ART100 Boston, an affordable art project.

Catwalk for the Cure is presented by event partner 33 MUNROE LLC. The evening will
begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and samplings from several local vendors. Vendors and sponsors for the evening include 90+ Cellars, Bent Water Brewing Company, Gina DeWolfe leather goods, MiniLuxe, New Balance, Oysterville Vodka, Pinkberry, SpikedSeltzer, and SUJA Juice. The fashion show and educational program begin promptly at 8 p.m.

All proceeds support Susan G. Komen Southern New England, funding breast cancer education, screening, and treatment for local families in need as well as cutting-edge research. Tickets are just $150 on their website.