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Her early career has been in fashion, an experience that has given her an understanding how looking good translates to feeling good. Currently working with beauty stylists in the fashion world, Ortiz wants to help cancer patients explore ways they can transform their outer lives, as well as strengthen inner feelings of self worth. Combining a passion for fashion, and a passion to make a difference, she studied at NYU to earn her certification as a Life Coach. Marlena is building a program through the foundation to provide “one on one life coaching” for women who seek positive reinforcement and support at no cost. Marlena’s personal journey began at the age of 25 when first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Treatment has included both surgery and chemotherapy, and now dedicates her time and energy to helping others through Beating Cancer in Heels. A major frustration was the feeling that she no longer felt feminine, and wanted once again to feel like a “normal” young woman.

Her journey has captured the interest of both the press and celebrities. Wendy Williams invited Marlena to come on her show and tell her story. A New York Daily News reporter comments “Ortiz kicked breast cancer to the curb-while wearing her 3-inch stilettos. When the disease took over her body, she refused to let it take over her self-esteem.” Her “Heels” lead her forward on a proud journey to a fulfilling life. HEELS are a carefully selected symbol of recovery, and as she counsels other women, it is clear that the concept of feeling feminine, and attractive, is a positive step towards a happy tomorrow. In the coming months the nonprofit’s focus will be on gaining the endorsements and financial support needed to make Beating Cancer in Heels a reality, and to help countless women find the fashionista within.

For More information: www.beatingcancerinheels.org FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Beating-Cancer-in-Heels TWITTER: @cancerinheels EMAIL: Marlena@beatingcancerinheels.org

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