Cancer survivor collecting mastectomy bras for a cause

Trip to Mexico to distribute bras to women who need assistance

  • Jan. 14, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Erin Haluschak

Record Staff

Despite a language barrier and cultural shift, Anne, a local breast cancer survivor, knows she has a deep connection with women in the small Mexican village of Rincón de Guayabitos.

The Comox Valley woman is collecting mastectomy bras to bring to cancer survivors who may not have access to proper garments to help with healing and overall self-esteem.

She is leaving mid-February for four weeks, and on her first visit, she hopes to distribute as many bras as she can to women who need assistance.

“I know what women go through with their self-esteem; you’re left with a bra that is fitted with a prosthesis, but after surgery you’re given a foamy and it slips all over the place and doesn’t fit properly.”

Anne added a properly fitting bra can help women who’ve had mastectomies feel significantly better.

“I thought of the women (in Mexico) and I don’t think they have much (to help).”

Because it’s her first trip, Anne admits she doesn’t have a contact in Rincón — about an hour away from Puerta Vallarta — but hopes to establish contacts and make her contribution of bras a yearly occurrence.

During the end of February, Anne explained the village holds a breast cancer march, and visiting Canadians dress up with bras over their clothes and decorate the area.

She saw it fitting to donate the bras during the latter half of the month, and with help from WestJet, which will ship the bras for free, Anne hopes to collect at least a dozen for her first trip.

To donate a bra or schedule a pick-up, call Anne at 250-339-4851.

photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Golden anniversary for G.P. Vanier Thursday

It was a day of celebration for students, educators and administrators past… Continue reading

Comox Valley RCMP seeking witnesses of attempted sexual assault

The Comox Valley RCMP is looking for witnesses after an attempted sexual… Continue reading

UPDATE: Vehicle rams boat into Courtenay home

Driver failed sobriety test, issued roadside prohibition and released; no charges to be laid

Jangula denounces Culture Guard endorsement

Has asked to be removed from list

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

Jets score 3 late goals to beat Canucks 4-1

Winnipeg ends three-game Vancouver win streak

San Group announces plans to build new sawmill in Port Alberni

San Group has purchased 25 acres of Catalyst Paper land for expansion

Shots fired at Vancouver Island house during fight

Shots were fired at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in 500 block of Kennedy Street, say Nanaimo RCMP

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started weedmama.ca to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

Most Read