How your $400,000 raised on April 12, 2019 is helping uninsured/underinsured cancer patients in Kansas City 

Thank you Kansas City for your generous donations to our April 12 Bra Couture KC event! This was another record breaking year in fundraising and it is important to us that you know how those dollars are impacting Kansas City.

New Cancer Services Center - North Kansas City Hospital

We are pleased to announce that we have reached a partnership with North Kansas City Hospital resulting in the opening of a new cancer services center at that hospital. Bra Couture KC funds will be used to create a Patient’s In Need Fund at this center to provide cancer supplies and services for uninsured/underinsured men, women and children. We are so excited to expand our cancer services into the Northland and grateful for this partnership with North Kansas City Hospital.

University of Kansas Health System 

At the University of Kansas Health System, Bra Couture KC supports two key areas; Missy’s Boutique, a cancer services center and Lymphedema Services:

Missy's Boutique Patients in Need

  • 3129 patients in need have benefitted (May 2011 to June 2019)

On average, our cancer center usually has an annual increase of 6-7% in patient volume. These funds will offer assistance to the growing need due to increased cancer case projections. Many of the offerings Missys’ Boutique supplies to patients are not covered by insurance, allowing our patients to obtain these items without hardship.

Bra Couture KC Lymphedema Program Fund

  • Lymphedema is a condition commonly caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes as a part ofcancer treatment.
  • The University of Kansas Health System is fortunate to have expanded lymphedema prevention services.The goal is to have new detection equipment at each of the KU cancer center locations with higher volume sites having multiple devices. This new technology will benefit breast cancer patients and provide easier access and potentially earlier detection of lymphedema.

There is opportunity to expand this program to lower extremity and other diseases for lymphedema prevention as well. This would expand services to include men.

Program expansion:

  • Increased total tests by 15.5% from 1st quarter 2018 to 1st quarter 2019.
  • 10/15/18 - Deployed 2 lymphedema detection devices in The Women’s Cancer Center at Indian
    Creek Campus
  • 11/18/18 - Deployed 3 lymphedema detection Sozo devices ( a Sozo device provides key
    measurements for a more exact treatment of lymphedema) in the Richard and Annette Bloch
    Cancer Care Pavilion in Westwood, Kansas.

Bra Couture KC’s goal is to have the Sozo devices at The University of Kansas Cancer Center locations in the suburbs, to provide easy access for more cancer patients and to help prevent lymphedema with earlier detection.


HOW YOUR $360,000 TO BRA COUTURE KC'S 2018 EVENT IS WORKING

THANK YOU KC FOR YOUR GENEROSITY

WOW! Your generosity has resulted in a banner year for Bra Couture KC in terms of dollars raised for Kansas City area residents who lack health insurance to manage their cancer. With these funds Bra Couture KC has added and expanded services to reach those in need:

The opening of Verda’s Place at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center in Research Medical Center

Serving an additional underserved community, this new center provides wigs, prosthetics, lymphedema garments and other key supplies for men and women who have no insurance. This center will also issue cash vouchers to those in treatment who are too ill to work and cannot afford basic living expenses.

This center was made possible by the donations to BCKC by the many friends and family members of our dear friend Verda Salberg who lost her life to breast cancer last year. Listen to a testimonial of a patient at Verda’s Place.

200 New Mammogram Screenings

Bra Couture KC funds will support all ancillary costs associated with 200 new mammogram screenings, donated by Imaging for Women. Our first event on October 13th where we screened close to 50 women from in rural areas of the Northland who lack insurance, medical services and related support. This was an amazing event and the women were so grateful.

This will be followed by screenings scheduled for February, May, August and October of 2019 covering Jackson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Clay and Platte Counties. Our goal is to screen 50 women at each event.

Creation of a $50,000 Patient In Need Fund at the University of Kansas Cancer Center

Fund will pay for cancer related lymphedema services for uninsured men and women.

Bill McCann who is a cancer survivor and on the Bra Couture KC Board of Directors has been working with a national team on a bill before congress called The Lymphedema Treatment Act. Working with KCTV5 as part of our Take 5 to
Care support, Bill appeared on a segment with TV5 reporter Emily Sinovic focusing on this bill that would provide coverage for lymphedema services through Medicare and Medicaid.

Most insurance companies would then follow suit to cover costs associated with this life threatening condition that is caused when lymph nodes are removed during cancer treatments. With the support of KCTV5, we were able to obtain Claire McCaskill as a co-sponsor of this key bill. If you suffer from lymphedema or have a friend or family member who does, please contact your congressional representative to encourage support of this bill. Click here for the link to the TV5 segment.
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Additional Support to North Kansas City Hospital

An increased donation to North Kansas City Hospital that will enable the hospital to provide more supplies and services to the uninsured in their community.

Bra Couture KC also donates funds to support Cancer Action; the Bra Couture KC Appearance Center at Truman Medical Center; and our Patient In Need Fund at Missys’ Boutique at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

This is the power of your donations to Bra Couture KC; thank you so much for your support!

SAVE THE DATE: April 12, 2019
Signature Hangar – Downtown KC Airport

AMAZING! We already have a 2019 $15,000 sponsorship commitment from the AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER KANSAS CITY 

Watch for an update on sponsorship opportunities for 2019 in the days to come. Please consider becoming a sponsor, to design an art couture bra for the runway, to donate a piece of art for the art walk, to donate an item such as a weekend at a condo or dinner, etc. that would enhance a package for our live auction, or to be a volunteer at the event on April 12, 2019. Click here for more information on how to get involved. 

Thank you again for your generosity to Kansas City’s uninsured community.

The Bra Couture KC Family

4/10/2020


Lymphedema Prevention

4/9/2020

Fighting Lymphedema Through Surveillance and Early Intervention 

By Jamie Wagner, DO
October 31, 2019

Many breast cancer patients have a lifelong risk of developing lymphedema, which is a buildup of fluid in soft body tissues that causes painful swelling.

Lymphedema occurs when lymph nodes are surgically removed, much like intersections being closed during construction. When this happens, fluid can’t move through the body and out because lymph system pathways are gone. If alternate routes can’t be found, then fluid backs up and the arm begins to swell. Patients who have had breast surgery, lymph node removal or radiation are at highest risk for lymphedema, which can cause an arm to swell up to 4 times its normal size.

Click here to read the full article from KU Cancer Center.


4/7/2020

How your $400,000 raised on April 12, 2019 is helping uninsured/underinsured cancer patients in Kansas City 

Thank you Kansas City for your generous donations to our April 12 Bra Couture KC event! This was another record breaking year in fundraising and it is important to us that you know how those dollars are impacting Kansas City.

New Cancer Services Center - North Kansas City Hospital

We are pleased to announce that we have reached a partnership with North Kansas City Hospital resulting in the opening of a new cancer services center at that hospital. Bra Couture KC funds will be used to create a Patient’s In Need Fund at this center to provide cancer supplies and services for uninsured/underinsured men, women and children. We are so excited to expand our cancer services into the Northland and grateful for this partnership with North Kansas City Hospital.

University of Kansas Health System 

At the University of Kansas Health System, Bra Couture KC supports two key areas; Missy’s Boutique, a cancer services center and Lymphedema Services:

Missy's Boutique Patients in Need

  • 3129 patients in need have benefitted (May 2011 to June 2019)

On average, our cancer center usually has an annual increase of 6-7% in patient volume. These funds will offer assistance to the growing need due to increased cancer case projections. Many of the offerings Missys’ Boutique supplies to patients are not covered by insurance, allowing our patients to obtain these items without hardship.

Bra Couture KC Lymphedema Program Fund

  • Lymphedema is a condition commonly caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes as a part ofcancer treatment.

  • The University of Kansas Health System is fortunate to have expanded lymphedema prevention services.The goal is to have new detection equipment at each of the KU cancer center locations with higher volume sites having multiple devices. This new technology will benefit breast cancer patients and provide easier access and potentially earlier detection of lymphedema.

There is opportunity to expand this program to lower extremity and other diseases for lymphedema prevention as well. This would expand services to include men.

Program expansion:

  • Increased total tests by 15.5% from 1st quarter 2018 to 1st quarter 2019.
  • 10/15/18 - Deployed 2 lymphedema detection devices in The Women’s Cancer Center at Indian
    Creek Campus
  • 11/18/18 - Deployed 3 lymphedema detection Sozo devices ( a Sozo device provides key
    measurements for a more exact treatment of lymphedema) in the Richard and Annette Bloch
    Cancer Care Pavilion in Westwood, Kansas.

Bra Couture KC’s goal is to have the Sozo devices at The University of Kansas Cancer Center locations in the suburbs, to provide easy access for more cancer patients and to help prevent lymphedema with earlier detection.

 


4/7/2020


2020 Model Survivor Heather Dickman

4/5/2020

Heather Dickman

2020 Model Survivor

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer right after Thanksgiving 2018. I had gone for my very first mammogram at age 45 because I had Addison when I was 39 and Asher when I was 41 and breastfed them both for a little over a year. I had not noticed the fairly large lump on my left breast but the team at St. Luke’s was excellent and compassionate as they did the mammogram, then an ultrasound and finally a biopsy. I was grateful that the doctor told me right then she was sure it was cancer rather than waiting.

My children are the most important thing in my life. Addison was six and Asher was three when I was diagnosed. At the request of many friends, I had a second opinion at KU where I chose to proceed with treatment. Dr. Anne O’Dea has been a blessing. My treatment plan was left breast mastectomy and sentinel node biopsy followed by chemotherapy and oral hormone blocking therapy.

The support I received from my friends and family was absolutely amazing. They brought meals 4-5 times a week for 4 months. My wonderful girlfriends brought cards, flowers, wine, blankets and gifts and came to visit non-stop. They attended doctors appointments, chemo sessions and reconstruction surgeries in New Orleans. The love I received was an absolute blessing.

I chose to have Diep Flap Reconstruction instead of an implant. This procedure was performed at The Center for Breast Reconstruction in New Orleans by Dr. Wise. The Center is a wonderful place for treatment and healing.

I have been with my company, The Dixie Group, for 17 years. They were very supportive through this journey and they insisted that I take time to heal. My children and I enjoy the Lake of Ozarks, spending time outdoors and reading books. I am happy to be near the end of my cancer journey and hope that I can help others as I was so fortunate to receive love and support throughout this past year.


An Update on Breast Implant Technology

4/2/2020

An Update on Breast Implant Technology

By Dr. Paul J. Leahy, MD, FACS, Monarch Plastic Surgery | April 2020

Rebuilding a woman’s God-given breast using human-made instruments and materials remains one of the biggest challenges that a plastic surgeon deals with. The naturally-beautiful shapes, contours, and proportions are often dramatically altered by the necessary treatments, particularly mastectomy and radiation. Though the human breast never defines who a woman is, it still is a meaningful part of feeling whole. The loss of breast symmetry can negatively affect the way that clothing fits, cause discomfort and skin irritation, and it impacts a person’s self-esteem - not to mention that it is a constant reminder of the breast disease they are fighting.

Biomedical engineers are constantly working with plastic surgeons to improve breast implant technology. We have come a long way since the first implants were placed in the early 1960’s. Much of the public still assumes that all silicone implants are “bad,” and that they leak and cause problems. This is not the case. The U.S.F.D.A. studied silicone gel implants for about 15 years in great detail and found no meaningful link between a breast implant and any medical disease. In the fall of 2006, silicone implants were re-released (with many design updates) for both cosmetic and reconstructive uses.

Silicone-filled breast implants are still the more commonly used devices for breast reconstruction, although there are several very good saline-filled implant options available too. We are always in search of the perfect implant for our patients.

Read Dr. Leahy’s full article on new reconstructive surgery and breast implant technology here.