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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Breast cancer survivors to be pampered at Loyola’s Bedazzle Your Bra event

MAYWOOD, Ill.  –   Loyola University Health System invites breast cancer survivors to a free Bedazzle Your Bra event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the second-floor auditorium of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood.

Breast cancer survivors can bring their own bra to bedazzle or they can choose a new bra donated by sponsors of the program. Decorative materials will be provided. Loyola staff will vote on their favorite bedazzled bra. The winner will be able to choose a hat to take home. Hat designers from all over the world have donated their creations so that all attendees also can take home a new hat.

There will be a special guest performance by Gina and Kyle Unplugged, featuring American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen.

“The Bedazzle Your Bra event will celebrate survivors during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Gayle Payonk, executive director of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. “Breast cancer survivors will have an opportunity to pamper themselves while enjoying the support and encouragement of others who have been diagnosed with this disease."

Loyola art therapist Beth VanDerMolen and certified mastectomy fitter Lisa VanderWall, RN, came up with the idea for the event after working with a patient who bedazzles her bras. They approached area companies and designers to donate new bras, decorative materials and hats.

“We plan to bring some fun to a community of people who have been affected by breast cancer,” Ms. VanDerMolen said. “We hope this event empowers women and helps them cope with any self-image issues associated with this disease.”

Space is limited. To register, call 708-327-2248.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.