Fundraiser for Post Breast Cancer Reconstruction Awareness and Patient Financial Assistance
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer (National Cancer Institute). Post-breast cancer reconstructive surgery has tremendous impact in restoring a woman’s positive self-image and well being, but research reveals that 70% of women – who would have opted for reconstruction -still do not know their options.
While legislation mandates insurance companies to pay for reconstructive surgery, it doesn’t help women with their deductible or co-pays, which can amount to $10,000 – $20,000 or more. It also doesn’t pay for household expenses during recovery time, either, which can be up to 6 or 9 months. During this time, patients are the most vulnerable. They often have difficulties with daily activities such as personal hygiene, cooking, or taking care of their children.
Harvard trained board certified plastic surgeon and Founder & CEO of RESTORE, Dr. Michael K. Obeng, seeks to help these patients through a unique initiative. Forever Femme is an extension of Breast Reconstruction Day (BRA-Day), in partnership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). 50% of the funds raised by Forever Femme will be applied to the Plastic Surgeons Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund (501 c 3) to raise awareness about their reconstruction options, and the remainder will stay in our own community to help women in need of expenses for insurance deductibles and household expenses during their post-reconstruction recovery period. For more information visit BRADayUSA.org.