My Project Runway Experience

Tim Gunn: The Classiest of Class Acts!

When I signed up for my first Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer back in 2014, I had no idea it would lead to meeting one of my favorite TV personalities and fashion gurus.

If you tuned in to last week’s episode of Project Runway, you may have caught a glimpse of me and some amazing women sporting pink boxing gloves flanking Tim Gunn in the ring at Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn. I was honored to be selected to be a part of this group assembled to serve as inspiration in  the “Avon Warrior Challenge.” The remaining contestants -and viewers around the country, listened to Avon’s Executive Director of Sales Development Evy DeAngelis (there’s a chance we could be distant cousins!) describe the company’s mission of improving the lives of women globally and its long history of fighting breast cancer through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Next, we heard from fierce survivors Michelle Ward and Tawana Lyles as they each described their personal battle with breast cancer. The forever-gracious Tim then instructed the designers to use this information as inspiration to create designs showcasing the warrior spirit.

Day One of Filming at Gleason’s Gym with Tim Gunn and Evy DeAngelis

As a producer who knows all too well how much footage ends up on the cutting room floor, I thought I’d give a few more details about Avon’s background in the fight against breast cancer. Since 1992, the Breast Cancer Crusade has donated more than $800 million to breast cancer causes, educated millions and has funded breast health screenings for nearly 20 million women. Some of the funds are raised through Avon 39 Walks around the country. As my repeat readers know, I’ve made some incredible memories on four Avon walks to date and I don’t plan on stopping  until we wipe out this disease once and for all. Click here to learn more about the Crusade and to learn more about Michelle, Tawana and the other “warriors” featured in this special episode – Anita Shivraj, Linda Montavon, Ivanna Diaz-Hansen and Donna Reid-Mitchell.

My New Warrior “Sisters” (Left to Right): Michelle, Ivanna, Me, Donna, Tawana, Linda & Anita

I close this Motivation Monday post with a thank you to Avon for asking me to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience and for giving me the opportunity to meet an amazing group of fierce, fabulous women who I am lucky to call new, lifelong friends. I also want to thank everyone who shared in my excitement leading up to the show; those who took the time to send an email, text or leave a kind comment on my social media pages afterward and to the special group of friends who watched the episode with me. I am already looking forward to my next Avon Walk in 2018…and here’s to the unexpected adventures ahead of all of us as we continue on this journey to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on October 30, 2017, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. What a great posting Laura! I am so grateful Avon introduced us and we were able to share this together! I know we all look forward to the day we are celebrating a cure for breast cancer. Until then we will continue our fight!

    • Hi Linda! Thank you for taking some time from your busy Monday to leave this nice message. I will be forever grateful my Avon39 experience led me to meeting you and the other “warriors” for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And yes, we will keep fighting until we can celebrate we’ve proven victorious in the battle against breast cancer once and for all. Have a wonderful week!

  2. I thought that looked like you. My wife watches this show weekly and I watched it with her one night. I didn’t see this episode but remember the 15 minute mini show between shows when these pics flashed by. Kudos to you superstar.

  3. Thank you! It was quite the fun experience! Hope your week is winding down on a great note!

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