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Fall 2019 
Founder's Message 

October was national Breast Cancer Awareness month, and while reconstruction is an important part of breast cancer awareness, it is not always on top of everyone’s mind. This month, we were determined to put the spotlight on the topic in hopes of empowering and educating women.
 
One of the many ways we highlighted and celebrated reconstruction was with the 8th Annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day on October 16. You can read more about this and other events below.
 
After a mastectomy or lumpectomy every woman should know about reconstruction options she’s legally entitled to, even if ultimately she decides reconstruction is not for her. Few women know that federal law mandates coverage of breast reconstruction for all breast cancer patients. AiRS believes this treatment should be offered in a timely, safe, and supportive environment because reconstructive surgery is an important step in helping a woman heal and restoring her self-esteem. 

We connect with the women who need our help and work with them to build positive thought patterns to alleviate worry in the face of the challenges they face. We do this by educating them on reconstruction options, and ultimately assisting them with the cost of reconstructive surgery. 

We can only do this with your help. You can make reconstructive surgery possible for a woman who needs our help. To celebrate the season of giving and caring please consider making a donation to the AiRS Foundation. Your compassion and support will make a difference in a woman’s life.

Sincerely,
Morgan Hare
Founding Member

Why We Do What We Do: Patient Spotlight
Meet AiRS Patient Alison Peele!
Alison, pictured here with her daughter, received an AiRS grant for reconstructive surgery following a preventative mastectomy.

After testing positive for BRCA1, Alison knew a preventative mastectomy was in her future, it was just a matter of when. “I had my first child last February and breastfed her for a year, and while I'm thankful I was able to do that and my husband and I do want more kids, I realized it was not worth it to continue to wait,” she said. “My mom died of breast cancer when I was five, and I was not willing to let my daughter face that same fate.” It was after deciding to undergo the surgery that Alison found AiRS through a Facebook group for women having breast reconstruction. 

The financial burden of reconstructive surgery was a stressor that almost made the surgery impossible for Alison. Thankfully, she qualified for an AiRS’ grant to cover reconstruction. Beyond the financial support, Alison found comfort in the advocates and volunteers she worked alongside. “Everyone I have spoken with at AiRS has been so friendly and helpful,” she stated, “[they] have truly made me feel like family.”

 Now that she has received her reconstructive surgery, Alison has found a restored sense of confidence. “Reconstruction is a personal choice,” she said, “For me, it has allowed me to feel normal while no longer having to worry about breast cancer. I would choose to have reconstruction again in a heartbeat.”

Board Member Spotlight
Meet AiRS Board Member Carol Seay!
Carol joined the AiRS Board in 2019 to support breast cancer survivors and previvors.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Carol Seay moved to Dallas to attend Southern Methodist University sight unseen in 1962 and hasn’t looked back since. As a breast cancer survivor herself, Mrs. Seay’s service on the AiRS board is personal. She wants women to know there is an end to the journey and light at the end of the tunnel, and that it is okay to advocate for yourself and ask as many questions as you need to get the right care. 

This is also not her first time leading through service. Much of her adult life has been dedicated to being a “worker bee.” Growing up, her parents instilled in her the belief that joy in life comes from giving, not receiving, and the importance of being ecumenical and inclusive. Her philanthropic work has garnered her many awards over the years, including the Community Collaboration Award Texas A&M, Macy Heart and Soul Award, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Award given by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Baylor Healthcare System Foundation Philanthropist of the Year, and most recently the Salvation Army Margo Perot Service Award. Notably, Mrs. Seay was instrumental in raising nearly $40 million dollars to build a new breast health center that houses screening, diagnostics and treatment under one roof at Parkland Health & Hospital System. AiRS is honored to have Mrs. Seay on the Board of Directors, bringing her powerful story and leadership to women seeking breast reconstruction.

Fall Highlights
AiRS Spokeswoman, Allyn Rose, on Good Morning America
Did you miss it? Our spokeswoman Allyn Rose was featured on Good Morning America. During the segment, she was surprised by Rene, a woman who was inspired to undergo a preventative double mastectomy and reconstruction after hearing Allyn's story.
Over $15,000 Raised in October Events
October was jam-packed with successful events for awareness and fundraising!
North Texas Giving Day:
With a generous matching gift from Mrs. Melody Rogers, AiRS was able to raise over $10,000 on North Texas Giving Day, the nation's largest day for online giving. 
>>Click to read more>>
Swing for a Sister Golf Tournament:
AiRS was the charity of choice for the October 17th Swing for a Sister Golf Tournament hosted by Gleneagles Women's Golf Association. The event was organized by AiRS Board Member Jennie Bassett and AiRS supporter Carol Gockel and raised $4,000 toward our mission.
>>Click to read more>>
Petals and Stems Floral Design Challenge:
Kristen Swanson's floral design dedicated to AiRS received the most votes online and secured a $1,000 donation to AiRS by Petals and Stems Florist.
>>Click to read more>>

Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day:

With the generous support of Allergan, AiRS hosted the 8th annual BRA Day celebration at Victory Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Thirty different organizations joined forces to spread awareness and celebrate reconstruction options. A special thanks to all of our sponsors:
Allergan
Allure
American Airlines Center
Avance
Bodi Divine
Brother Bill
Cancer Support
Classic Pilates
Core Power Yoga
Custom Ink
DPSI
Dragon Boat
eraclea
Ernie's
Heavenly Mimi
Majic 94.5
Mara's Med Spa
Mary Kay
Methodist Health
Mexican Consulate
OCRA
Orange Theory
StrongHer
Sun Revolution
Susan G. Komen
The Bridge
97.9 The Beat
WFAA
Mark Your Calendar 
End of Year Giving - As we reflect on our personal gifts this holiday season, we hope that you will support AiRS through a donation. Every donation provides support to a woman impacted by breast cancer and makes a difference in her life. To make a donation, click here.

April 2020 - “Reconstructed” in Dallas. Reconstructed is a photographic exercise in awareness, hope, reflection, and healing. The images are raw and emotional, representing each woman's personal victory over breast cancer. In addition to the exhibition of the “Reconstructed” images, guests will hear original songs by Jamar Jones, inspired by six original survivors who participated in the photography project.
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AiRS Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing breast reconstruction, after mastectomy, to women who cannot afford this procedure.


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