LaVada has been married for 59 years, and is the mother of two sons and three beautiful grandchildren, who are the joy of her life! She worked for many years as a wedding cake designer and cake decorating instructor, and now enjoys working in her yard with her flowers. She still loves to bake! LaVada found a lump in her breast in 2017, which was diagnosed as malignant neoplasm of the lower left breast, and underwent a double mastectomy by Dr. Victoria VanFossen. She hoped that her breast reconstruction would make her look and feel like a woman again. Dr. Derek Cody performed her reconstructive surgery, and she now feels great! At age 79, LaVada feels she wasn’t too old to get reconstructive surgery – it was the best thing she ever did! LaVada is excited to participate in Pink Runway because she wants to show others that if she can do this, you can too! Get up and get moving, life is too short! “Working with Dr. Cody and his staff has been a pleasure and a joy,” she related. “If you have any concerns or doubts please don’t hesitate to ask – they are here to answer any and all of your questions – and most of all to make you feel and look like a woman again!