My mother's maternal grandmother died of breast cancer. Her mother survived breast cancer to later die of colon cancer. My mother's sister, my aunt, is a 19 year breast cancer survivor.

She's also a co - founder of the Central NY State chapter of Komen For The Cure. Her daughter is a three year survivor of what seems to be some sort of family curse. When I visited the summer following  Sue's mastectomy & reconstruction, she walked up to me with a chuckle and asked, "How do you like my new boobs?" Susan had the benefit of her mother's experience and knowledge. Many women don't. The ordeal of breast cancer and the resulting disfigurement from surgery leaves many women depressed & confused.

Singer/ songwriter Jewel is the national spokeswoman for the Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) campaign. She's teamed up with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation to raise awareness and money for breast reconstruction-related research and care.

 

"Reconstruction is a huge part of the healing process. It's not just vanity. It's a part of what makes us women. It's a part of our identity as women. Patients should at least be informed about their options." -Jewel

 

She will perform a concert at the New Orleans Theater in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, October 29th..Proceeds from the concert, as well as downloads of her new song, "Flower" will go to benefit the cause.