about us – fashion fights cancer


Fashion Fights Cancer discovers and provides for crucial needs in the cancer battle and recovery process. During the workshops, patients talk about the lack of information, post-traumatic experiences and fears. Founded by Ty Canty, FFC offers cancer patients the unique opportunity to express themselves through fashion and artistic creations and, in the process, allows them to communicate their experiences, fears, and the reality of living with cancer.

In 2004, our founder received a diagnosis of cancer. At that moment, his hopes changed with the realization that anyone can develop cancer, at any time, anywhere, in any circumstance. Cancer affects every family, community, workplace site, and dream.

Thankfully, his doctors discovered that it wasn’t cancer but a cyst.

That’s not the end of the story, though. Ty realized that it was time to dedicate his life to those who are fighting the cancer fight with his friends and colleagues in the fashion industry. In 2004, Fashion Fights Cancer—a U.S. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—was founded to provide innovative therapeutic cancer programs by partnering with the international fashion community to develop activities and seminars for cancer victims,. FFC’s mission is to nurture the minds, bodies, and souls of cancer patients and survivors through fashion- and design-oriented activities.

Cancer facts show the disease warrants increased awareness, help to underserved communities, and funding for cancer research – all renewing hope for cancer patients and survivors.

  • Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.
  • The survival rate for all cancers is 68%, up from 49%—reason for continued hope.
  • Approximately 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013.
  • In 2013, about 580,350 Americans are expected to die of cancer, more than 1,600 people a day.
  • The most recent estimates of the overall costs of cancer are $226.8 billion ($103.8 billion for direct medical costs/$123 billion for indirect mortality costs (cost of lost productivity due to premature death).

Please join us in bringing hope and healing to cancer patients and survivors in your community and for those you love.

our supporters

FFC partnerships include the American Cancer Society (ACS), ACS Hope Lodge, Beth Israel Medical Center, Lincoln Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, POETIC Centers (Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators’ Consortium), Fashion Universities, High Profile Fashion Bloggers, and independent and corporate fashion houses. Please join our partnerships!

Internationally-known fashion designers and professionals partnering with FFC have included: Tadashi Shoji, Byron Lars, Chayo Mata, Carmen Marc Valvo, Tracy Reese, Monique Péan, Geralyn Lucas, Suzanne Douglass, Joy Cioci, Kristi Vosbeck, Giovanni Zaccagnini, Saskia de Brauw, Pamela Love, Jane Ibrahim of Maisonette, Pooja Kharbanda, FFC Sisters (Cheryl and Donna Freeman), and many others.

FFC welcomes participation from all fashion designers, photographers, models, and related professionals!