On May 5, 2017, Bra Couture KC held their annual fundraising event at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo. Bra Couture KC’s unique and fun event is an auction to raise money for uninsured or underinsured cancer patients in the greater Kansas City area who are unable to afford necessary cancer supplies such as medication, transportation to treatment, prosthetics, wigs, surgical supplies and lymphedema garments. This year’s event raised over $250,000.
Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center’s Julie Kempin, a breast cancer survivor, was a runway model for this year’s Bra Couture KC event. The fashion show featured eclectic, custom-made bras modeled by breast cancer survivors, like Kempin, in the Kansas City area to celebrate their triumph over cancer.
Kempin was diagnosed in January 2015 after receiving the results of a mammogram. Her treatment plan included radiation and a lumpectomy surgery, which she underwent within a month of her diagnosis. Kempin entered remission in May 2015. Regarding her diagnosis, Kempin said, “There was no history of breast cancer in my family. I also had both BRCA genes tested, which did not pick up any mutations that would signify an increased risk for breast cancer.”
The most important thing is for women to receive regular mammograms so that a diagnosis can be made in the early stages when treatment is still possible. Kempin strongly advocates for women to practice self-exams and to get routine mammograms. In fact, one of the reasons she found out about her breast cancer was because a friend encouraged her to schedule a mammogram.
Monarch Plastic Surgery and Skin Rejuvenation Center is proud to support Bra Couture KC. At the most recent Client Appreciation Event this spring, all contributions from the raffle basket were donated to Bra Couture KC, totaling over $600. To learn more about Bra Couture KC and how you can get involved with next year’s event, click here.