MAYWOOD, IL –Loyola Medicine honored breast cancer survivors and women currently undergoing treatment at its annual Bedazzle Your Bra event on Tuesday, October 23.
More than 20 women participated in the event, during which women decorated bras with various art supplies. The women, such as Arlene Johnson, of Maywood (pictured right), also were treated to refreshments, music, makeovers and karaoke.
"This is an example of Loyola treating the human spirit," said Cathy Grace-Louthen, RN. "This event provides women undergoing treatment the camaraderie to show that they are not alone."
Loyola art therapist Beth Smith and certified mastectomy fitter Lisa VanderWall, RN, came up with the idea for the Bedazzle Your Bra event after working with a patient who decorates her bras. They approached area companies and designers to donate new bras, decorative materials and hats.
"Many of these women return year after year," Mrs. Smith said. "It's wonderful to see the bonds that have formed with them."
The event was held at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, located on Loyola Medicine's main campus in Maywood. The center includes clinic areas, chemotherapy services, research laboratories and the spa-like Coleman Foundation Image Renewal Center, which provides services such as hair care, breast prosthesis fittings and massage therapy.