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.