Posted: 9:00 p.m.
"I am a 22-year survivor of breast cancer. It was discovered through a routine mammogram," said Louise Jacobsen, a Yuma local.
Friday, Louise Jacobsen was one of 23 survivors who participated in the 12th Annual "Spring Fashion Show" put on by the Regional Center for Border Health and its Yuma County Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition to raise funds for breast cancer patients.
The funds raised Friday will help pay for expenses, such as medicine, treatment and living costs for breast cancer patients in Yuma County, according to the event organizers.
"Arizona has changed laws, and there are more and more women who no longer have coverage. And that's what we work for," said Sarah Lydick, the women's health director at the Regional Center for Border Health.
Lydick said the event pulled in about $7,000 through ticket sales, raffles and through their sponsors' contributions.
Dillard's department store also teamed up for this event; they provided the clothing and makeup.
The women completed their looks with their hair styled by local hairdressers from Hector's Beauty Pyramid.
While raising funds for a good cause, these women are also raising their self-esteem.
"They need the opportunity to feel beautiful. It's pretty devastating to lose part of your body. So that's what it's about--for life, beauty, joy, enjoyment--that's what it's for," Lydick said of the event.
For Jacobsen, this is her fourth time participating in the fundraising fashion show in Yuma.
She is thankful she was able to detect her cancer early on and live to become a great grandmother.
Now, she urges all women to exam themselves monthly and get annual mammograms to fight breast cancer.
"There is life after breast cancer," Jacobsen said.