I met designer Pamela Williams last week during her first annual “Elegance from the Soul” Fashion Extravaganza. She explained that about 3 years ago she was diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer and put her dreams of fashion and design on hold. During the recovery she was encouraged by video producer and friend Jay Dunmore to rekindle her dreams and career aspirations. So with faith and the strong support of her family, including husband Steven and son Melvin Eisland (aka M. Island), and a cadre of friends, she organized the show.
Williams hopes that in addition to highlighting fashion and designers from around the region, the show will also be a catalyst to raise awareness of cancer.
The show featured a typical runway scheme along with live music. “It was amazing,” Williams said of her son M. Island’s performance. She particularly enjoys his song You Can Make It.
Syracuse’s the Blacklites also performed.
At the close of the show Williams shared her experience and brought many people in the audience to tears. Williams recommended early detection to detect and manage cancer. (She says a portion of the proceeds from the show will be made to the American Cancer Society)
You are truly Friends of God for helping me make this happen, she said.
For a first show the execution was great. I asked Williams how she could top this performance: “Come to next year’s show,” she said.
The dream continues.