Fashioning Cancer project raises nearly $40,000 for cancer research

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Fashioning Cancer: The Correlation between Destruction and Beauty has raised approximately $40,000 for cancer research by auctioning off ball gowns inspired by microscopic images of cancer cells.

The 10 ball gowns, designed by UBC Theatre's Jacqueline Firkins and inspired by Christian Naus' lab at UBC, were sold at an auction on September 23 at the Porsche Centre Vancouver.

"It was an amazing evening of great energy and inspiration and personal stories. I was truly overwhelmed," said Firkins. "I'm so grateful for all of the support from start to finish on this project. It means so much to be able to give something back to the community and to use my skills in a new and exciting way."

The project originated through the Peter Wall Institute's Research Mentorship Program and aimed to get people talking about the disease, and how it relates to beauty and body image.