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Pin-Ups with Purpose on way

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By Jenna Duncan / Staff Writer

Event to offer fun for breast cancer survivors, raise research funds

Support for breast cancer survivors is going glamorous Saturday.

A special event to provide breast cancer survivors — and those who want to support the research — with hair and makeup styling and pin-up style photographs in special costumes will also raise funds for Susan G. Komen North Texas.

The event at Twisted Bodies Pilates and Yoga is a personal mission for the business’ co-owner, Khristen Pahler, who lost her mother to cancer four years ago. Pahler said she and co-owner Carissa Laitinen-Kniss decided to start working on an annual event to benefit breast cancer survivors after opening the studio in August.

“We wanted to have something that gave back to the community,” she said. “We decided that because we have some personal connections with breast cancer, it would be a great thing to go with.”

The first-ever Pin-Ups with Purpose will be all day Saturday at the studio at 508 S. Elm St. in Denton. The event will be free for women with breast cancer or who are in remission. Women who do not have breast cancer can participate if they donate $150 to Susan G. Komen North Texas.

The women will get their hair and makeup done, will be dressed in costumes from Rose Costumes and will pose for photographs.

“We have two goals,” Pahler said. “One is that all of the money raised at the event will be donated to the Denton chapter of Susan G. Komen and the other goal is just to make these women, who have gone through breast cancer surgery and recoveries, to have a day where they can feel good about themselves.”

The women will spend about an hour getting their hair and makeup done before volunteers from Texas Woman’s University will help the ladies choose outfits from Rose’s selection. They will then participate in a photo shoot with various sets, including a pink Ford Mustang that one client donated for the day.

In addition, Sugar Queen Cupcake will donate cupcakes to eat during the day and with which to take photos, and the 106.1 KISS-FM Latin House Crew will be onsite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Since losing her mother to breast cancer, Pahler said she has become a big supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and has gotten a certification to train mastectomy patients and help them regain their range of mobility through their arms and shoulders.

When the studio opened in August, it immediately became a Susan G. Komen donation center.

The owners hope that the event will draw attention to efforts to fight breast cancer locally and also help survivors feel beautiful, Pahler said.

“It’s basically just women coming and enjoying the day together, enjoying sharing their experiences,” she said. “We just want a nice, laid-back atmosphere.”

To register for the event, visit or call Pahler at 972-345-0992.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.