Last week, Malia Murray, a member of New Look Atlanta since she was in the 9th grade and now a Graduate of the University of Georgia, walked as a model in the Posh for a Purpose fashion show. The event was more just a fashion show. Malia’s mother is a survivor of breast cancer, and the fashion show raised money and awareness for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Malia was able to connect her passion for fashion and modeling with an event that was Powered by Service. During the show, she shared with the audience how helping her mom fight cancer made her #BIGGERTHAN. Read her inspiring story below!
“The show was so amazing. It was so awesome to walk the runway to raise awareness for breast cancer. I love how the organizers empowered the women who survived and made them feel even more beautiful! While I was walking the runway, they read this story I wrote about my mom.
When I first heard that my mom was diagnosed, I was really heart broken and scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen and I was really nervous about the process.
But I’ve learned that when you are afraid of something, it’s best to learn as much as you can about it…so that you can conquer it! And that’s just what I did. I went to doctor’s visits with my mom, I read information on different stages of cancer and different treatments. I even read information about how cancer affects families. And we all went to church together and made sure that we spent much more time together as a family. You have to realize that when one person in your family has cancer, you all have cancer. And you all have to work together to conquer it!
Once I became more involved in her fight, it made me feel much better. And I know I helped my mom to feel better! I just wanted her to know that she wasn’t in this alone. When she was in the hospital for her surgery, I stayed there every day. I even slept in the room with her because I didn’t want her to be alone at all! And I learned a lot from the nurses and doctors so that I could take care of her at home.
Overall, it was a journey. I had the responsibility of taking care of my mom and helping her with my siblings. This process helped me to grow as a woman and I learned to look at life a lot differently. All we have is now. So we must live in the moment and appreciate every fine detail of life. And never take anything or anyone for granted.”