Cancer survivor gives back with fundraising fashion show

Rita Green supports those who supported her

INDIANAPOLIS - Rita Green was given months to live, but years later she's still here.

Green held the second annual Fashion Turned Up: Turn Up Against Cancer Fundraiser at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Saturday night.

She organized the fundraiser for the oncology unit at St. Vincent.

"We want to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to St. Vincent and give back to the cancer patients, and we're excited to be able to do that," Green said.

She says it's important for her to show her gratitude to the doctors and nurses who cared for her and to help those struggling with cancer today.

"You know, it's the best thing to happen to caregivers to be able to see their patients after they care for them and they see them in remission," said Lisa Drewry, with St. Vincent oncology and neurology.

Green has survived cancer twice.

"I was diagnosed with cancer on my birthday with leukemia and ended up on life support three days later and bleeding from my ears, my eyes, my nose and my mouth," Green said.

She was given three months to live.

"I had tumors all over my head, and they just told me there was no chance, there was nothing they could do for me," she said.

But she made it.  And Green says the hospital and the community were there to support her as she fought her way back to health -- and this is her way to show appreciation.

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