October is breast cancer awareness month
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The Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AiRS) Foundation is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization dedicated to providing breast reconstruction, after mastectomy, to women who cannot afford this procedure. Restorative breast surgery is a vital part of total physical and emotional healing for many breast cancer survivors, yet many who desire it don’t have sufficient financial resources and may not understand what options are available to them. Educating women pre- and post-mastectomy is of particular importance. 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 restores their self esteem and helps them feel whole again.
1. Up to 70 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are unsure of - or unaware of - their reconstruction options and/or are unable to pay for reconstruction.
2. Women who have breast reconstructive surgery can require two surgeries, one for the breast reconstruction, and second for the nipples (should they choose to do so) You might say some women choose to get 3d nipple tattoos
3. Breast reconstruction surgery was considered “cosmetic” up until the Women’s Health and Cancer Recovery Act (WHCRA) was approved in 1998 stating insurance companies had to pay for reconstruction surgery.
4. Reconstructive surgery after mastectomy can cost $10,000 up to $150,000; that does not include the nipples.
How can YOU help?
You can make a difference in a woman's life by being a champion for the AiRS Foundation.
1. Refer a patient
Tell someone you know who is having or has had a mastectomy and is considering reconstruction surgery about the AiRS Foundation. You can transform a woman’s life by helping to restore her confidence and dignity.
Your unique talents will make a real difference, and you can choose from volunteer positions that match your interests, offer flexible scheduling, and allow you to learn new skills. Join us and discover how rewarding it is to be an AiRS volunteer
Donations (not matter how much) go a long way in aiding the AiRS Foundation in its mission. Donation from individuals, corporations, trusts and foundations are vital to our organization in order to support our education initiatives, as well as the many women who cannot afford breast reconstruction.