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The Gift of Hope Fashion Fundraiser


Ottawa Cancer Survivor Officially Launches coKANna Designs
 Clothing Line for Women with Breast Cancer

20% of proceeds will support the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

When Colleen Kanna was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in the Fall of 2010, her daughter was only 6 years old.  As Colleen and her husband grappled with what to tell their young daughter, and whether they would use the ‘C’ word, they tried to carry on as if everything was normal.  But kids are so perceptive.  She already knew something was wrong.

One night as Colleen was tucking her into bed, she turned and said, “Mommy, I don’t ever want you to die.  I wish you were 30”.  Colleen asked why. “Because then I would have a bigger life with you”.  From that moment on Colleen knew two things for sure:  she would get through the treatments.  And, they would be upfront and honest with their daughter.   

That night, with her daughter’s heart in her heart, Colleen found the courage to believe she would get through that difficult time, not only for her family, but for herself.  Colleen believed that inner strength of “courage” was the first step in her journey to a “bigger life”, whatever that would be.  Six years later, as a cancer survivor, Colleen’s life has grown bigger and bigger.  After taking a leap of faith, leaving her job as a VP of Finance, and following her dream, she has personally designed and launched coKANna Designs.  Watch Colleen’s inspiring video and YouTube stories.

coKANna Designs is a line of bamboo knit, Canadian-made clothing, created from the heart, for women touched by breast cancer. 

“One of the things I felt was missing from the adaptive clothing marketplace while going through treatment was a comfortable, but stylish alternative for a top,” said coKANna Designs Founder, Colleen Kanna.   “With the limited mobility that comes from having chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, and all the appointments requiring countless changes, I struggled to find a top that was easy to slip on and off without lifting my arms up over my head, comfortable to wear, soft against my skin, looked good on, and fit in with my everyday style.”  

Colleen refers to coKANna as an F2F brand as it is “Functional to Fashionable”.  The designs are functional, as they are perfect for women during all phases and types of treatment when comfort and mobility is a concern.  They are also fashionable, so suitable for anyone who wants comfortable, easy to wear, stylish clothing. 

CTV's Ottawa Morning Live Melissa Lamb Will Emcee Clothing Launch

coKANna Designs will host a clothing line launch and fundraiser for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre's (OICC) Babes4Breasts Head Start Program, for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. 

WHAT:         coKANna Designs Launch & Gift of Hope Fashion Fundraiser

Featured Guest Speakers:

  • Melissa Lamb, CTV Morning Live
  • Colleen Kanna, coKANna Founder and Designer
  • Linda Morin, Author of the Book "The Courage to Look Beyond"
  • Dugald Seely, ND, Founder of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

Breast cancer champions with their own personal journeys will model designs.  Guests may purchase directly from the designer at the event. 20% of sales from the coKANna line will go directly to the Babes4Breasts Head Start Program.  Attendees may also donate directly to the OICC on the night of the event.  Light refreshments will be served.

WHEN:          Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:       Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, 29 Bayswater Ave.

RSVP:            Free tickets at www.eventbrite.ca/ The Gift of Hope Fashion Fundraiser

The first 20 guests to arrive will receive a gift bag with amazing products donated by local businesses in the Ottawa area.

Media Contacts:

Colleen Kanna, coKANna Designs, Founder
Email:  colleen@cokanna.ca
Phone:  613-863-8893
Website:  www.cokanna.ca
Sophia Jacob, Freelance Event Planner, Sophia J Events
Email:  sophia@sophiajevents.com
Phone:  613-282-2922
LinkedIn:  https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sophia-jacob-9a458027

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