On June 3, I'm modeling in Art Bra® Austin for my third (and likely final) time.
Art Bra® Austin is a critically important fundraiser that raises one-third of the Breast Cancer Resource Center's annual budget. Those who have given to my fundraising page the past two years know that Art Bra® is a fully-costumed, professionally produced runway show and auction that raises funds to support local women who, like me, have been affected by breast cancer.
By supporting me, you will ensure the next woman diagnosed with breast cancer will have a place to ask questions, explore options, and connect with fellow survivors and lifers who can relate in a way no one else can.
I was diagnosed with Stage III invasive breast cancer in 2014 when I was 27 years old. I found the cancer myself--a golf ball-sized lump in my left breast that had already spread to my lymph nodes. Within two weeks of being diagnosed I'd started chemotherapy. After 5 months of chemo, a bilateral mastectomy, and 6.5 weeks of daily radiation, I was declared cancer free.
Fortunately, my oncologist referred me to the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) at my first appointment. A wonderful patient navigator called me the next day--a woman who had been diagnosed at age 28 just a few years prior. Suddenly, I didn't feel so alone.
My navigator got me into BCRC's support group for women aged 45 and under at the time of diagnosis, called the Pink Ribbon Cowgirls. Since that day, a lot has happened. I made it through treatment; I made a fantastic group of friends through the Pink Ribbon Cowgirls who "get it"; and, in June 2016, I began a new job as a patient care coordinator/director of communications for the plastic surgeon who did my breast reconstruction. I now have the privilege of meeting every newly diagnosed patient who walks through the practice's doors, and am able to do what my oncologist did for me--refer them to the Breast Cancer Resource Center.
Please help me ensure every woman gets the help she needs, and consider a contribution towards my Art Bra® model fundraising efforts. I have until June 3 to reach my goal!
If you're interested in attending Art Bra®, you can purchase individual tickets or tables. Hopefully I will see some of you at the actual event.
Thank you! I appreciate your support!
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Breast Cancer Resource Center
Art Bra® Austin
Art Bra® Austin is a charity fundraiser like no other. Every year, Austin's talented community of artists, designers, and jewelers submit their original works of wearable art to be showcased by a dynamic group of Art Bra® Austin Models - all breast cancer survivors and clients of BCRC. This feisty group of BCRC clients reflect the diversity of the thousands of women we serve annually. For most, Art Bra® Austin is a transformative experience. The unique event is a tribute to their courage, strength, and tenacity and the result is a triumphant show filled with light, color, movement, and most of all - attitude!
Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC)
The Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) is a nonprofit organization providing guidance, education, and assistance to thousands of local women whose lives have been disrupted by breast cancer. Staffed by breast cancer survivors, BCRC helps each woman find her footing and determine the solutions that are right for her.
BCRC was founded in 1995 as a volunteer-staffed helpline and a single support group. Today, in addition to being survivors, BCRC staff are trained support professionals and experts in where to go, what to do next, and how to keep a woman moving forward through diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. We serve more than 2,200 women annually, offering personalized guidance, robust educational opportunities, and several financial and personal assistance programs. All of it – free of charge – to the client.