Lori Allen of 'Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta' Shares Her Fight Against Breast Cancer With TLC

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September 25th, 2012

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(New York, NY) - Over the past 32 years, Lori Allen has seen her fair share of brides. As owner of Bridals by Lori in Atlanta and each week on TLC’s SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATLANTA (http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/say-yes-to-the-dress-atlanta), she’s helped and supported thousands of brides as they find their dream dresses for the biggest day of their lives.  So many stories have been told on the runway of Lori's shop, but this time around, Lori will tell her own. On April 13th, 2012, Lori received news that would change her life forever as her doctor confirmed she had breast cancer. On Friday, October 26 at 10pm ET/PT, TLC will air the one-hour special SAY YES TO THE CURE: LORI’S FIGHT, a deeply personal chronicle of Lori's struggle, fight and resolve to beat breast cancer. TLC follows Lori on her journey as she leaves the bridal shop she built, into surgery, and through recovery.  How will the shop carry on without the heart and soul of Bridals by Lori?  Monte, Robin, Flo, and the rest of the staff pull together to keep the shop running, and help brides in her absence. Throughout this hour, viewers will also meet bride DeLese Range from Carollton, Texas, who is looking for a wedding dress to renew her vows.  DeLese has been fighting various cancers for nearly 23 of the 25 years she’s been married.  In this incredibly heartwarming story of overcoming adversity, the Bridals by Lori team finds the strength to help DeLese and her family through one of the most emotional appointments they’ve ever had, as they wait patiently for Lori's return.


"Naturally I was devastated when I found out that I had breast cancer,” said Lori Allen. “Wanting to turn something very negative into something positive - I decided to share my journey with my TLC family and others, in hopes that I can raise breast cancer awareness and perhaps help other women facing breast cancer be less afraid. Breast cancer is a personal journey, and throughout this process some days were easier than others, but I survived with faith, family and friends."


"Anyone who has met Lori or watched her programs is struck by her spirit, warmth and humor," states Amy Winter, GM of TLC. “Lori is a beloved member of our TLC family and our hearts have been with her throughout this difficult journey. She is a remarkable woman, who has handled this with dignity, grace and signature spunk since day one of her diagnosis. This special is about spreading awareness to our viewers, but most importantly it’s about sharing Lori’s story of strength, hope, and perseverance.”



SAY YES TO THE CURE: LORI’S FIGHT is produced by North South Productions for TLC.



  • Patti jones

    My husband had cancer. Please seek proton therapy. Please change you diet to mostly veggies no sugar or processed food. Take apricot seeds. Most of all do saunas as fevers kill cancer cells. Look all of this up. By the way my husband is now cancer free. Lots of praying and you will be in my prayers, please look all of this info on net. Please email me if you need prayer or more info. God bless

  • Dee

    I wish you all the best in the days to come. I had colon cancer last year and so far the new biopsies are normal. I wanted to contact you Lori to encourage you as the bible says to “Take on day at a time”.

    My dear Auntie always told me- Always live in Hopes,where there is life there is hope and there is always hope with God. Please take care now and our thoughts are with you. Dee.

  • Amarleen Singh

    I watch Say Yes To The Dress-Atlanta every week…its like my every week ritual after a long week of endless homework and exams. I was shocked when I saw the preview of the upcoming episode. I wish her the best and I hope and pray that she survives the fight against breast cancer…We love you Lori<3 Take care and God bless you..

  • Janet Goult

    Dear Lori,
    I just heard you announce about your nreast cancer. I had it when I was under forty, back in the early 80’s
    I had chemo and came through fine. Many strides have been made and I feel you will come through this if you stay positive. It doesn’t hurt to eat a little something before treatment so you don’t get nauseous. Don’t worry, that probably won’t happen right away. I wish you sll the Best and am praying for you.

  • Snow

    Dear Lori:

    I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. You have an amazing spirit and strength that is obvious just from viewing the show. I have had major health problems for most of my life, including 47 surgeries. I praise God I have not had to face cancer. And, I will never say I know how you feel. I do not, though I can only imagine (not even come close, I’m sure).I do know what fighting through health issues, surgeries, recoveries, and life with what you are dealt is like. I will pray for you and your family. Prayer is the best medicine. Prayer and your own thoughts, spirit, and heart. Be strong. Hold on. As long as we breathe there is HOPE! Lean on those you love and those who send you their best wishes, prayers, and hope. You can and will beat this. And, you are not alone with this. Good luck, God Bless, and best wishes sent to your way.

  • Merry Boles

    Lori, my thoughts and prayers are with you. YOU CAN BEAT IT GIRL! Love you and your show.

  • Jeanne

    Thinking of you and wishing you well

  • Sandi

    I just want to wish you the very best and have prayers in for you and your family. God bless you and give you the strength to be able to go through all you have to go through.

  • Ms. KittyKat Chickster

    Dear Lori – I absolutely love your show and have hours of it DVR’d so I will always have something good to watch. Your strong spirit and positve attitude will carry you through your fight. Please remember that you are not fighting alone and that you are truly loved – even by those of us who only know you from TV. My thoughts and prayers are with you every step of the way. YOU WILL BEAT THIS!!

  • Chris Robert

    I cried my eyes out when I heard about Lori. She is one of the classiest ladies I have ever seen on tv and I wish I knew her personally. I am thinking of her and wish her the best of everything and a full recovery. on my bucket list is the wish to hear from her and from Monty!
    god Bless
    Chris Robert

  • Julianne Nejedlo

    I want to wish Lori all the best in her recovery from breast cancer. She is one of the strongest women I have ever seen. Put all that strength into your recovery. You will kick cancer’s butt and show it who is boss, so you can get back to your shop and helping all the brides, that you do all so well ! You will be in my prayers ! God Bless ! Julianne Nejedlo

  • Penny Lee Puffer

    My prayers are with you lori. I lost my mom to cancer 10 years ago october 8 which this year was our canadian thanks giving.
    When i heard about your fight i thought of mom. I hope with all my
    being that they can cure you. No one should go through it, but i know you
    are strong and have a great support system. I wish you all the luck
    and all others suffering from cancer and hope and pray they find a
    cure for it.
    God bless and all my prayers Penny Lee

  • Denise Chagolla

    I watch your show all the time and when I heard that you were diagnosed with breast cancer my heart went out to you. My grandmother and mother had breast cancer. And recently my daughter has had a biopsy done but have not gotten the results. I too have to have further tests. I know it is a very scary time and I will keep you in my prayers. If I had one thing in this world to ask for it would be to completely rid life of all cancers. I have so much faith in God and I know he will be there with you every step of the way. Have faith Lori and never give up hope. I feel in my heart you will beat this terrible cancer. My prayers are with you. God bless and always have hope and faith in yourself and in God. Denise

  • Valerie Hayes

    Please do not look at this as a fight. When we fight something it just encourages the thing to want to fight back. Imagine a boxer in the ring. If one did not put his gloves up there would be no fight. I am not saying give in or give up to it. I am just saying to surrender the fight and come from a place of grace, forgiveness, peace and yes Love. Listen to the cancer. Talk to your body. Ask it what it needs. I am holding you in prayer everyday.

  • Chris

    I’ve watched Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta for quite some time now and have come to love you, Monte and your wonderful staff . Lori, you are in my prayers and I send much healing energy. You are a special person with a strong will and I know you will get past this. With the love and prayers of your watching public you will come out the winner.

  • Marilyn

    Hi Lori.
    I believe people come into and go out of our lives ‘as they should’.

    I’m sure all of your fans and well wishers joined you to surround you with their strength and courage as you went / go through treatment and recovery. I am a fan because of the generous, kind hearted and very funny woman you are. You are amazing!

  • Vanessa

    Dearest Lori,

    You are so loved. I just had to take this time out to send you some love from California. You have touched so many lives in such a positive way, that it will be returned to you ten-fold. Lori, you are so loved and I pray for your fast cancer-free recovery. You give me strenght and I want to thank you.
    God bless you!
    I’ll see you fitting more brides soon!

  • Cathy

    Hi Lori,
    I am so very sad to hear about your cancer. This journey will be a tough one but I know you can do it as long as you stay positive. Remember that God loves you and that you have many many people pulling for you. Stay strong.
    You will be in my Prayers.
    Cathy P

  • Dotty

    Dear Lori, I watch your show every time its on.There were plenty of nights I cried watching fathers and daughters come together on a dress. But when I heard you say you had breast cancer I cried my eyes out. My Mon had breast cancer 5 years ago and she is doing just fine and she is 85. You are in my thoughts and prayers and can’t wait to see that smile back on the show

  • Lorraine

    Dearest Lori ,

    YOU are such an amazing person ,always so full of encouragement and positive thoughts AND the ability to politely shut down and teach manners to them that need it :) With all you are you will come through this just fine.Someone as giving and beautiful as you will fight this ugly disease and win.We are sending you lots of love and hugs to help you through all this.

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