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.
Breast Impressions Foundation 05/14/2010
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!
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!
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.