Judi Grove is one amazing lady! She is an inspiration to me and so many others, working tirelessly to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer! I am SO thankful to call her my friend and for her creative visions with all she does with Breast Impressions! From the casting of roller derby girls all over the country to her survivor calendar she puts together each year and her fashion show at Woodland Hills Mall and our "breast cancer awareness day" at the state capital, she is one truly amazing, inspirational woman and I love her dearly and will continue to be one of her biggest supporters!
Judi Grove with Breast Impressions contacted me after reading a newsarticle about my breast cancer. She asked if she could cast me for their fundraiser and I said yes. After all the things we go through with breast cancer, the casting lets you feel good to celebrate your body. That was just the beginning of a friendship and admiration that kept growing. Anytime Judi tells me about an event, if I can help either humanly or monetary I do. Without Judi's artistic enthusiasm, Breast Impressions would just be another organization. Judi's dedication shows me she eats, sleeps and lives Breast Impression. It is an honor to work with Judi Grove and Breast Impressions. Judy Eason McIntyre, Oklahoma State Senator District 11
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My thanks to Senator Judy Eason McIntyre who truly is a warrior for breast cancer in Breast Impressions home state of Oklahoma. She is pictured above in our first Breast Impressions Survivor calendar where survivors were body painted and appeared in the 2008 calendar. Thank you Judy for all you do for women and men in Oklahoma!
Breast Impressions is so much more than sculptures and artwork. It has networked survivors, like myself, across the country. It had given women strength, hope and empowerment. It has also given us a moment, frozen in time, that forever represents our struggles and perserverance. We have made many new frindships and support through Judi and all her dedication and hard work. Hats off to Breast Impressions, Keep up the great work!
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Thank you Gloria for your support!
I have a sister who is a breast cancer survivor and I have known a number of people who also were survivors, but I still did not give the subject much thought. A couple of years ago I attended the first Breast Impressions exhibit of impressions. Each impression, of a woman’s breasts prior to or after surgery, or in tribute to someone who had breast cancer, is decorated by a local artist. The story behind the cast is displayed along side the cast. A friend, who is a breast cancer survivor, had been the model for one of the casts on display. I did not know what to expect and was little prepared for the emotional impact that the displays had on me. The stories were real and heart wrenching. The artist’s renditions ranged from weird and gaudy to absolutely beautiful. Last year, I had the pleasure of acquiring one of the more beautiful original casts from the 2007 exhibit. I am so honored to have one of the impressions and it sits proudly in my home, for all to see and hear the story behind the impression. Breast Impressions, Inc. mission is to increase breast cancer awareness and fund raising to support breast cancer education, prevention and treatment. Breast Impressions, Inc also donates breast casting kits to women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, and would like to make a casting of their own prior to surgery. I cannot imagine a more dedicated organization whose outreach and impact is so great who would be more worthy of being selected in the Women's Empowerment Campaign as a top winner. I am proud to offer my story of Breast Impressions, Inc.
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Mike, it truly means so much to see a man who cares for those who have been affected by breast cancer. I only wish that many others would realize that displaying a Breast Impressions cast in their home or office, truly shows their support for the cause!
Judy Grove is a wonderful woman with a wonderful heart. Her uniuqe way of approaching breast cancer awareness is exciting. I love the way she came up with this idea. Sine my team started doing this it has become wide spread in the roller derby community and that is a wonderful thing.
I read about Breast Impressions while doing research on some Belly Casting pictures. I think it is a brilliant idea. I have since offered my casting services to them. Women often associate their womanhood with their breast. To be able to hold onto them even after they are gone is a great gift!!!
Judi Wescott Grove and the Breast Impressions Organization lend an incredible amount of support and encouragement to those who are either currently fighting the fight or who have survived the fight. Judi is such a warm, compassionate, caring and helpful principal part of Breast Impressions and continues to work hard towards helping to bring more awareness to the importance of being checked for breast cancer and raising money for finding a cure. Breast Impressions IS making a difference!
Judi is a wonderful, caring person and Breast Impressions does so much to raise money and awareness toward the eradication of breast cancer.
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Breast Impressions loves meeting and working with young survivors like you Jessica! And hopefully by educating more young women about their risks, we can continue to save more lives!
Breast Impressions does a fantastic job in fundraising and awareness of breast cancer. Such an amazing Team that is truly making a difference...one person at a time. Keep up the great work!
I had the pleasure of meeting Judi Grove, founder of Breast Impressions, in early April. She donated her time and casts for an auction that I am helping to organize this October of 2010. This auction will raise proceeds to benefit YSC, (Young Survival Coalition) an international organization dedicated to working with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under. Judi tirelessly worked two long days creating these castings with a constant smile and a wonderful attitude of charity. She is truly a generous soul and I am honored to have worked alongside Breast Impressions!
I am a two time breast cancer survivor, my sister is a ovarian cancer survivor, I am from Oklahoma, I met Judi Grove of Breast Impressions not long after my second diagnosis, I asked her about the breast casts she does, were the money was going, I learned it goes 100% to a Breast Cancer Educating, Financial Charity of choice by what ever group she is breast casting and having a auction for at the time. I also learned that 100% had gone to Tulsa Project Woman by one of the Roller Derby Girl Teams she had casted, Tulsa Project Woman is also a non-profit organization in Tulsa, Oklahoma so this would be near and dear to me, they educate women young and old about breast health, they offer free mammograms to women with no insurance and low income they also help provide for the cost of treatment should a woman be diagnosis with breast cancer. Breast Impressions is not just making a locally impact they are making a State to State impact and a impact on young women as well as older woman and I am Very Proud of Judi and Breast Impressions for what they have been able so far to accomplish starting out as just a small local charity, I am also Proud to call Judi my friend. Personal Impact with Breast Impressions ~ 1. I was part of a Survivor Breast Casting Auction; funds went to Tulsa Project Woman. 2. I have met so many wonderful women survivors, women still battling cancer, also some very dear women who have lost their battle with cancer. 3. First & Second Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the Oklahoma State Capital building (making a State Impact) 4. Judi of Breast Impressions was the first woman to help me find my confidence as a woman on my road back from recovery of breast cancer, she is not only friend she is a giver, I call her my sister.
I met the founder (Judi Grove) the first year she started this non profit, I love and appreciate all she does.. she goes above and beyond, spreading awareness and raising money that benifits local organizations such as the YSC and organizations that service survivors and familys of survivors. Judi works non stop, not only does Breast impressions cast breast, calenders for fundraisers but Breast Impressions has also started a Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Oklahoma's State Capital..two years in a row! Breast Impressions you ROCK..thank you for all you do..
I met the founder of Breast Impressions (Judi Grove) in Indianapolis where the local roller derby team raised over 5,000 dollars for the Young Survivor's Coalition. The event was well attended and had wonderful information available for Breast Cancer Awarenesss. This successful non profit has a unique way of spreading the word through Art. Breast casts of Roller Girls are turned into beautiful works of art painted by local artists, auctioned off at the event and 100% of the proceeds are given in full to the local charity chosen by those holding the event. This sets Breast Impressions apart from any other non profit for breast cancer. I highly recommend them to any group, female sports team, or organization wanting to do something unique in your community. Founder Judi Grove is an incrediable,hard working, dedicated advocate and spokes person for Breast Cancer Awareness all around the world. She has unselfishly given her time,knowledge, and love to others for a fight she strongly believes in. Breast Impressions has also worked with The Simon Malls Corporation,The Pink Fire Trucks,Tulsa Project Woman,Sound Affect,Mutual Omaha's "A-ha" Moments, and recently was featured on CNN news for her efforts to raise awareness in Oklahoma at The Capitol.CNN shared Breast Impression's fight for awareness and education among hundreds of Survivors,Co-Survivors,and Congress at the courthouse. Breast Impression's founder Judi Grove also provided and produced a touching and magical video of Oklahoma Survivors who have died (or are surviving the battle of Breast Cancer) in their local districts connecting them to their individual Congressmen to promote awareness. Hats off to Breast Impression's for making a difference in the fight against Breast Cancer Awareness - and thank-you to Judi Grove!
Some quiet giving moments later become electric sparks that take you many different directions. As an author/artist/sculptor it was a moment in time that became life changing, mind boggling, earth shattering as to the effect it would have like the pebble in the pond. Judi and Nancy with Breast Impressions ignited a flame for women that will burn gloriously, brightly and forever in our health, and in our happiness ,spurring us onward to new heights, taking care of ourselves and remembering that when you give it is astounding the gifts you get in return. Truly each one who has been a part of this project has magnified her life for the sake of all women....and yes, we are worth it!!! Dream big, go for the brass ring, for we ARE the dreammakers! Sally Flora-French
Breast Impressions is a wonderful organization that donates it's fund raising proceeds to help women in Oklahoma that have breast cancer and do not have health insurance receive the medical care they need and deserve. She is very dedicated in her efforts of raising awareness of this horrible disease and for women to take control of learning how to detect the disease and how to fight it.
Great Grass Roots organization that spend all of their money and time raising awareness of the need and availability for early detection and screening for breast cancer. This group raises money to provide screening for those who are not covered by Health Insurance. Although started in Oklahoma it is branching out and involving all different members of communities in several states in the US.
As founder of a non-profit organization myself, also supporting women affected by breast cancer, I am amazed and grateful for the impact Breast Impressions has had in the Tulsa area, and even beyond. She has not only personally encouraged women diagnosed with breast cancer, but she has greatly increased public awareness and the importance of early detection. Judi, the founder, is such a positive inspiring person, and her energy is contagious and empowering.
Breast impressions is a wonderful organization bringing awareness and beauty to an important cause. The artistry of these projects is genuinely one of a kind and a brilliantly unique way to help raise donations! I am very proud to have been apart of this project for our Roller Derby team and highly encourage anyone and everyone to be involved with Breast Impressions! Whether you're a volunteer, a casting subject or donating this is one organization you don't want to miss out on!
Breast Impressions is a unique organization with a fabulous mission. As a survivor and an advocate I know that breast cancer organizations have become a dime a dozen. Breast Impressions, though, breaks the mold and raises the bar. Judi Grove is passionate, motivated and very inclusive. I have participated in a several events that she has put on for Breast Impressions both as a participant and an attendee. My experiences have always been positive. I have always felt appreciated as a volunteer and honored as a survivor.
Our derby league has just started the process of making breast casts, which will be finished by local artists and then will be auctioned at our final bout of the season, with the proceeds going to our local Breast Cancer Coalition. I can not say enough about how wonderful Judi Grove, of Breast Impressions, Inc. has been to work with. She spent a very long weekend making 14 breast casts last weekend and has given us a good deal of guidance and information on how to proceed with this project! She is wonderful to work with; very professional and full of helpful tips and knowledge on how to make this charity bout as profitable as possible. Judi will be helping us through this entire process and will return in November to assist us with the auction! Haivng Judi's guidance has helped make this HUGE project seem so much more manageable and FUN!!
The Green Country Roller Girls teamed up with Breast Impressions in early 2008 to start a revolution in the world of flat track roller derby. BI now travels all over the US casting roller girls to help in their efforts to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer research and education, especially for the under 40 crowd. We are planning another event for October 2010 with this organization again and are very much looking forward to it! We LOVE Breast Impression and Judi Grove for all they do!
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I will ALWAYS be grateful to my own hometown Roller Girls, who contacted Breast Impressions to see how they could help. What a movement you girls started! And just think of the many lives we have saved since March 2008 with the breast self exam cards distributed to every woman who attends a bout across the nation now, not to mention the help that's been given to those facing breast cancer through the auctions of the casts. I truly LOVE my Green Country Roller Girls of Tulsa, OK!!! And thank you for giving me my Derby Name!! XOXOXO Mammy O'Gram :)
Positive, positive, positive, with a splash of humor that's Breast Impressions. But most of all open arms await to give survivors hugs of love and words of affirmation.
Breast Impressions does so much for the community in a creative and challenging way. They are tirelessly working on behalf of those victims of Breast cancer and other survivors to make them proud of their bodies at a time when their womanhood is challenged because of disease. I commend them for their efforts, and as a person who has lost several of my family members from cancer, sometimes I wish other organs would receive as much attention as the breast. It's bold, it's innovative, and it's a great chance for people to get involved and make something happen for this disease. Thank you Breast Impressions, from one creative to another, you are doing a great job. Starr Hardgrove
The unique and fresh approach to raising awareness and donating funds to local organizations throughout the United States via Roller Derby is amazing. Working with Judi in the quest to fight Breast Cancer is truely inspirational for women of all ages.