Looking Forward Fashion Show

Proceeds will support important integrative wellness programs for patients undergoing treatment at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and its affiliated care centers.

Once you've heard the words "you have cancer," you can't look back. You must look forward and see beyond the treatment and focus on how to live a healthy, happy life, with spiritual and emotional well-being. These ideas are as true today as they were twenty years ago when Ellen Swirsky was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. After an arduous year of surgeries, chemotherapy and abone-marrow transplant, Ellen was exhausted but grateful to be alive.

Throughout her ordeal, she searched for relief from some of the side-effects of her treatments and discovered there was no single source for all of the resources she sought. So, she set about to create a program where patients like herself undergoing treatment for cancer could find products and services to help combat the physical and emotional side effects of cancer treatment.

Thanks to start-up funding from the hospital's Auxiliary, guidance from the Volunteer Department, passion from fellow volunteers Linda Vasas and Etta Pittala and the dedication of a committed group of friends and advocates, Looking Forward was launched at the Father Michael J. McGivney Center for Cancer Care.

Today, Looking Forward is a multi-faceted, nationally-recognized integrative wellness, support and education program that helps cancer patients and their loved ones deal with the many issues related to this disease. It helps cancer patients take control of a seemingly uncontrollable situation. It gives patients the information and support they need - essential elements in their recovery process.  Now part of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, program offerings include energy balancing, yoga, therapeutic massage, Reiki Touch, Art Expression, guided imagery, holistic nutrition and other complementary services.

Purchase Tickets

Fashion Show tickets can be purchased by calling 203.688.9644 or by filling out the online form and mailing it to: Yale-New Haven Hospital, Office of Development, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508

Fashion Show tickets are $50 each. 

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

View our current Sponsorship Opportunities 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact the Office of Development at 203.688.9644 or via email at giving@ynhh.org or by filling out the online form and mailing it to: Yale-New Haven Hospital, Office of Development, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508