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Conquering Cancer, One Bikini at a Time

***EDITED TO ADD VIDEO FROM THE VERY SEXY SHOOT — scroll down!

THIS is what sexy looks like today.

18 gorgeous, vibrant women who are entrepreneurs, mothers, philanthropists and community leaders. They’re bold, beautiful and not afraid to embrace their inner goddesses.

And these hotties are all over the age of 40.

At Growing Bolder, we say it’s not about age; it’s about attitude. And it takes attitude (plus a lot of chutzpah) to show this much skin! So why do it?

We asked Growing Bolder reporter Wendy Chioji, who joined 17 others in posting for this Calendar for Conquering Cancer. Wendy, a Stage 2 breast cancer survivor, says it’s a way to smash stereotypes and raise money for a great cause.

“I was diagnosed with cancer at the prime of my career — both personally and professionally,” says Chioij. “I was 39 years old, had a great job as television anchor in a top market, and was running marathons and competing in triathlons. I was happy, and I thought I was healthy. Cancer blindsided me.”

Chioji successfully completed treatment for her cancer, and now at 48 years old, says she feels she owes it to the world to show that you can not only survive a terrifying diagnosis — you can thrive.

“Those of us who get to come out alive on the other side of cancer treatment owe it to ourselves and to everyone else to live our second chance to the fullest,” Chioji continues. “And getting to do this in my 40s feels great. I think I’m better — inward and outward — as the years go by, and this is a way to prove that you never stop Growing Bolder.”

The women who posed for the calendar are not all survivors, but they’re all connected to cancer in one way or another — and they’re posing to raise money for a cure that could save the lives of their own mothers and daughters.

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Find more inspiring video, audio, and images at Growing Bolder.

The money raised through this project supports research and treatment for Waldenström macroglobulinemia, a rare, slow-growing, non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Information on the project, as well as order forms, is available at http://calendarforconqueringcancer.com/.