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August 2023 saw the 2nd annual photo retreat for breast-cancer survivors—Beyond Beautiful—now as an entire weekend at the historic luxury resort Hacienda del Sol, now also under full sponsorship of Tucson Plastic Surgery Foundation.
Five survivor/warriors joined 10 volunteers for the July photo retreat, most survivors selected from Tucson Plastic Surgery patients and one from the Tucson nonprofit breast-cancer support group Tucson Cancer Conquerors. They were treated to hair, makeup, nails, wardrobe and boudoir photo shoots.
As the volunteers set about pampering our Queens for a Day the intention was for the survivors to share their stories and journeys with each other to bond in a sisterhood only those who have walked in their moccasins could know. Mission Accomplished!
(left) Sashed survivors with photographer/project-creator Jana M. Suchy (in back), survivor/warriors (l to r) Vanessa, Shantel, Lynne, Denise and Sonia.
2023 Beyond Beautiful Gallery
(left) Tucson Plastic Surgery Foundation's co-founders, board members and Beyond Beautiful patrons Dr. Silvia Kurtovic and Dr. Raman Mahabir, husband/wife surgical team and owners of Tucson Plastic Surgery.
(right) Jana photographing Sonia.
Sponsor doctors surrounded by pink-sashed survivor/warriors flanked by our gracious volunteers.
(seated, l to r) Vanessa, Lynne, Shantel, Dr. Kurtovic, Denise & Sonia.
Back row, l to r) Host Kaiona, makeup artist Deb, hair stylist Josie, (behind) nail stylist Anna Marie, photographer Jana, Dr. Mahabir, photo assistant Tami, appointment manager Debra Anne, Foundation board member Stella Kahn, wardrobe consultant Jennifer, event photographer Elsa & nail stylist Tori (missing board member, Alexis Jefferson).
(below) The historic luxury Hacienda del Sol and it's impeccable grounds. La Hacienda started in the 1920s as a Western school for well-heeled daughters from Back East, each assigned her own horse when the resort was surrounded by nothing but Sonoran Desert, now full of well-heeled homes in Tucson's beautiful Catalina Foothills.
(below) Our 1500 sq ft Tracy-Hepburn casita (little house) where all salon, wardrobe, hospitality and photoshoot activities took place, casita so named for the movie-star royalty from a bygone era, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, who lived here when in Arizona.