Let’s Hear A Round of Applause…For Such A Great Cause!
Breast Reconstruction Surgery Options –
Education, Advocacy and Support
I’m all about fashion, beauty, and all the fun stuff. But I love sharing information about organizations that are really making a difference. Introducing AiRS, the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery Foundation.
Who They Are
I had the pleasure of meeting this dynamic team last month when they were visiting NYC.
The AiRS Foundation is a non-profit founded by Janet Denlinger and Morgan Hare, women whose success in business motivated them to find a way to give back to our community. To that end, they asked Dr. Rod Rohrich, the founding Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, to suggest ways he felt they could make a difference. He told them about the issues related to breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy, and that led to the beginning of establishing the AiRS Foundation.
Because breast reconstruction surgery is such a vital part of total physical and emotional healing for many breast cancer survivors, they want to educate women about their reconstruction options. Most breast cancer survivors who have had a complete or partial mastectomy (removal of all or some of the breast tissue and nipple) are candidates for breast reconstruction. This surgery will help them feel whole again.
The Foundation works in partnership with physicians in the United States, providing the resources necessary to make this surgery an option for women who would not otherwise have access to breast reconstruction. They partner with health care providers, health care centers and other groups to promote this service and teach other professionals and educators to carry on this work while supporting advances in healthcare research. They also provide education and training to physicians globally.
I had a wonderful meeting with this special organization, and I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a really exciting relationship! They even gave me a Carolina Herrera Key to The Cure Poppy T-shirt which they completely sold out of!
It celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the ‘Key to The Cure’ initiative at Saks Fifth Avenue. For the month of October, 100% of the sales from ‘KTTC’ T-shirts were donated to the AiRS Foundation with a minimum donation of $250,00. That’s pretty amazing!