The Oct. 17 event supports cancer research and awareness.

Saks Fifth Avenue at Polaris hosts an inspirational evening each year: It's called Key to the Cure, and it supports cancer awareness. Saks is partnering with The Heather Pick Spirit Fund for the event, which takes place this year on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Beginning at 6 p.m., Saks will have hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and exclusive shopping for guests. Plus, there's a fashion show featuring cancer survivors as models. Tickets cost $75, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Columbus Cancer Clinic and The Heather Pick Spirit Fund. Purchase tickets online at SaksKeyToTheCure2012.Kintera.org.

We spoke with Gigi Rosario-Shaw, a 48-year-old Gahanna woman and breast cancer survivor who will model in this year's event. After overcoming her cancer struggle, Rosario-Shaw seeks to maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle.

How did you get involved with Key to the Cure?

I actually was one of the hair stylists that did the hair for KTTC for the past 2 years-I've been a stylist for 30 years. When I talked to the ladies I always had tears in my eyes because I could relate to all of their stories. Carla (Smith Jones, marketing director at Saks Fifth Avenue) found out I was a breast cancer survivor and she said, "Oh yes, you are going to be in the next show!"I told her I would be honored.

Why is Key to the Cure such an inspiring event?

I think it is so inspiring because it is keeping Heather's (Pick) vision alive! Each year seems to get better and better sharing more awareness and support of this incredibly devastating disease.It's my goal in the future to empower women and men to become more educated on exercise and nutrition and finding ways to decrease their stress level. Cancer feeds on an acidic body. We need to educate more people on proper nutrition. We truly are what we eat and drink.

What inspires you?

My mother inspires me. She was also a breast cancer survivor. Dialysis also became part of her life for 15 years, but she always had a smile on her face and killer energy to go along with that, even though she wasn't feeling well most of the time. There are so many days my body works against me but I always remember her and her fighter spirit which kicks me into gear.

-Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley