One of the participants was Stephen Haley of Dover. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in September 2007 and underwent surgery at Mass General to remove the tumor, which was pressing against his optic nerve.

The Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center, a group of active volunteers who raise funds to bridge exceptional medical and supportive cancer care through innovative programs that promote whole-person healing, recently celebrated with cancer survivors and those who care for them at their 25th annual fall benefit and fashion show, “Couture for Cancer Care,” held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.

Co-chaired by Susan Barry and Sylvia Fernández-del Castillo, the event included a runway fashion show, reception and remarks from the night’s emcees Jenny Johnson and Dr. David P. Ryan, clinical director of the Mass General Cancer Center, as well as Brenda Flavin Warshaw, president of the Friends.

Mass General Cancer Center caregivers and their patients walked the runway together wearing designs from Details and Goods, Mr. Sid and Cole Haan and sporting hair and make-up by Fulham Salon and Giorgio Armani Beauty.

One of the participants was Stephen Haley of Dover. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in September 2007 and underwent surgery at Mass General to remove the tumor, which was pressing against his optic nerve. Although he lost vision in his right eye, there were no further complications and continuous monitoring has allowed him to lead an active life.

Haley credits his runway partner, Dr. Priscilla Brastianos, director of the Central Nervous System Metastasis Program at Mass General, for her pursuit of new, promising treatments for brain cancer. A philanthropist and advocate, Haley established the Brain Science Foundation which supports research and clinical initiatives that provide hope, treatments, and recovery from brain tumors, brain metastasis and brain cancers.

Funds raised at the fall benefit help support these programs which are provided to cancer patients and their families at no cost. These include:

— The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program, providing massage therapy, acupuncture, music and art therapy and other services.

— The Financial Assistance Fund for Patients and Families, which serves as a resource for families struggling with the financial burdens of cancer.

— The Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing Garden, a peaceful rooftop garden for quiet reflection.

— The Network for Patients & Families, a peer support program for patients, families and friends.

— The Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Support and Education Hub, a comforting and welcoming space for meetings and educational workshops.

— The Center for Fertility and Cancer, a program that addresses the infertility concerns of young adults undergoing cancer treatment