This year, I'm doing something huge and amazing!
On Saturday, June 3, I will be modeling in one of Austin's most theatrical and esteemed fundraisers - Art Bra® Austin - benefiting the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC). Art Bra® Austin 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 their questions, explore their options, and connect with fellow survivors and lifers who can relate in a way no one else can.
My awesome friend and neighbor Nikki DeLeon is a breast cancer survivor and introduced me to BCRC. She has been a model for Art Bra and couldn't say enough about what an amazing experience it is. My husband and I attended the 2016 Art Bra in support of Nikki and all who have been touched by breast cancer. It was truly an amazing experience, especially as a breast cancer patient at time (bald head and all). The energy and support of the event was such a boost for me during that difficult time. I would love to be able to provide that to others facing breast cancer who are coming to Art Bra for the first time.
My first interaction with the BCRC was the day after my mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. I had a surprise visit from Patient Navigator, Karyn Couvillion, in the hospital. She brought me a care package, which had so many useful items for my recovery at the hospital and home. I was in surgery within two weeks of my diagnosis, which didn't leave a lot of time to plan and prepare for the emotional and physical recovery so her visit was truly a comfort to me and my husband.
There is no "road map" for navigating breast cancer as each person's experience is so different. Once I was diagnosed, my world started moving really fast with not a lot of time to process before my treatment began two weeks later. This is where the BCRC played such an important role in my life as my Patient Navigator, Elaine, became my personal "road map". As a breast cancer survivor herself, Elaine has been such a great resource for me including support groups, finding the right wig, and strategies for treatment and recovery. Overall the BCRC has not let me walk through this chapter of my life alone and has given me a whole new community of friends for support along with giving me the opportunity to provide support in return. This is priceless.
Art Bra Austin as a fundraising success for me means that the community understands the importance of the BCRC and what an amazing organization it is for all affected by breast cancer. It also means that this organization can continue on with the important work they do to provide guidance, education, and assistance when one needs it most. The success of Art Bra Austin is truly a gift to those of us who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
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 3RD TO REACH MY GOAL!!
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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.