BayCare Clinic to host B.R.A.s on Broadway event
Wed, Sep 30, 2015
GREEN BAY – Federal law mandates coverage of breast reconstruction for all breast cancer patients, even if the reconstruction is delayed until after treatment for cancer. It’s a law that many women aren’t familiar with.
That’s why BayCare Clinic is hosting an awareness event, B.R.A.s (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) on Broadway. The Green Bay-based specialty clinic system is hoping to spread the word about breast reconstruction options.
“It’s our goal to help women clearly understand their rights under the law,” said Dr. Elizabeth A. O’Connor, a plastic surgeon at BayCare Clinic. “While breast reconstruction is considered elective surgery, undergoing breast reconstruction can have profound emotional and practical benefits. It can help enhance confidence and self-image after mastectomy.”
BayCare Clinic’s awareness event is part of a national effort to educate women as to their rights under the law. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgery Foundation lead the Breast Reconstruction Awareness USA Campaign, one of the few breast cancer campaigns dedicated to building awareness around breast reconstruction options. According to the organizations:
- All women who are candidates for breast reconstruction should be made aware of the options available to them
- All women who are candidates for breast reconstruction should be offered treatment in a safe and timely manner
- Federal law mandates coverage of breast reconstruction for all breast cancer patients, even if such reconstruction is delayed until after other treatments
In a local effort to create awareness, BayCare Clinic has invited all businesses in Green Bay’s Broadway District to decorate and display a bra in conjunction with National B.R.A. Day, Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Residents will be encouraged to vote for their favorite bra at www.baycare.net/BRAday. Voting will take place October 1-15.
Breast cancer survivors at a fundraising event on October 15 will pick the winning bra from the top 10 highest vote getters.
Eighty percent of proceeds raised during the event will go to the Northeast Wisconsin chapter of Ribbon of Hope – an organization that is a financial, informational and emotional resource for breast cancer patients. Twenty percent will go to the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day USA organization.
Since its inception, the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund has raised more than $931,000 to support research, projects, programs and the charitable surgical care of women in need of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, www.baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.