Cancer victims put on saucy burlesque show

Olivia Cork, 19, and Michelle Ross, 31, have been learning the art of burlesque Credit: MEN Syndication

A teenager who lost her leg to cancer and a mum-of-two who posted pictures of her surgery scars will put on a saucy show to raise money for cancer.

Olivia Cork, 19, and Michelle Ross, 31, have been learning the art of burlesque ahead for a charity event on June 11.

The pair - who have both survived cancer - will perform alongside entertainers from the Cirque Nightclub in aid of the new Maggie’s Centre at The Christie hospital in south Manchester.

Olivia Cork Credit: MEN Syndication

Olivia, from Alsager, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer aged just 14-years-old and underwent intense chemotherapy. Four months into her treatment she was given the devastating news that her leg would need to be amputated above the knee.

She said:

And mum Michelle, who lives in Wigan, underwent a double mastectomy when she was 25 after being diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.

Last year, she made the brave decision to raise awareness of the procedure by posting images of her scars from her surgery and radiotherapy on Facebook which were shared thousands of times.

She says losing her breasts felt like she’d lost a huge part of her, and that taking part in the burlesque shows how far she has come since 2011.

Michelle said:

The pair will channel their inner Dita von Teese being through their paces by Manchester-based Irene Kinsella, owner and director of Cirque Nightclub who said you would never have known the journey they’ve been on.

Margo Cornish, who is the woman behind Maggie’s on the Runway event, added:

Margo wanted to thank photographer Andy Cork from Lumi Studios, hairdresser Jamie Lynn and make-up artists Nicole Blisset and Aiofe Lyons for their help.

Michelle and Olivia will join 50 other models affected by cancer on the catwalk for the event at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Centre which will also see a performance from eighties star Rick Astley.

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