Thursday, October 31, 2013


Though exact numbers are still uncertain, one certainty is that the New Orleans Breast Reconstruction Awareness (B.R.A.) Day Breastoration happening – the New Orleans premiere of the film, Decoding Annie Parker -- was a huge success, bringing in over $50,000! Hands of applause to all the folks who organized this great event and all who attended. Not only was money raised, but also awareness – about the discovery of the BRCA gene, how it impacts individuals and families, and about a woman's options for treatment and breast reconstruction, should she so choose.
Annie Parker

Director Steven Bernstein

As part of its educational efforts surrounding B.R.A. Day observance, The American Academy of Plastic Surgeons put together a valuable new online resource. The Breast Reconstruction Recovery Guide: Steps to a Speedy Recovery with lots of input from breast recon patients. Check it out!

Up here in Minnesota, we continued our two-year tradition of bra art creations and accompanying educational efforts regarding breast reconstruction – the number of artists participating is growing by leaps and bounds. We started mid-summer at the St. Cloud Convention Center and continued throughout the region, at area businesses and art exhibits and other general breast cancer awareness events, culminating at the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at St. Cloud State University. No more words necessary this month. I'll let the pictures do the talking . . .



  1. Its been fun participating in the St Cloud BRA day both years. I look forward to doing it each year. The Bras Displayed-Filling the Gymnasium wall -really made an impact for others to see & admire

  2. Pam,
    You always make awesome bras, and I know I can always count on you coming up with new ideas. Your BRCA bra (pictured above) was so timely, this year. Everyone who makes these bras talks about how much fun they had and that they want to do another next year. For survivors, it's a way to express some feelings or message about breast cancer - either in a serious way or a witty one. It's especially meaningful for breast reconstruction survivors (and it can take a lot to survive that, too) to help educate other women. And then there are the family/friends of breast cancer survivors, who also have a lot to say. Expressive, educational, cathartic, creative -- this art form has it all!

  3. BRA Day is such a wonderful way to celebrate our options as well as to pass them on to others who should know!