To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is hosting its 3rd annual BRA Day, “The Girls” Night Out.
“The Girls” Night Out is one of many BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) events held this month throughout the country focused on providing a fun evening for breast cancer survivors, and also on educating them about their options following a mastectomy and/or lumpectomy.
When / where: From 5:30-8:30 pm Thursday, October 10th at the Homewood Suites in Center Valley.
Proceeds will support the St. Luke’s Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, established to provide charitable support for programs and services that help St. Luke’s patients throughout their cancer journeys.
“There is a great deal of awareness about breast cancer itself, especially during the month of October when everyone is wearing pink, but not everyone is aware of the role that breast reconstruction plays in the healing process, both mentally and physically,” says Crystal Corredera, practice administrator, St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. “We help give back what cancer took away, and our team is here for our patients through every step of the reconstruction process.
“Another way we support patients is by helping alleviate some of the financial burden that can happen as patients go through treatment and surgery. The money we raise helps pay for things like medication, medical supplies, transportation, groceries or other necessities such as a wig or new clothes – anything patients need as they go through the process of healing.”
This year’s “The Girls” Night Out will be a carnival theme complete with games, door prizes, a DJ, dancing, face painting, photo booth, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails (even a special pink drink of the night!), silent auction items and much more. Vendor and information tables will also be set up to help educate patients about breast reconstruction. There will also be local businesses offering hair extensions, massages and more.
“This event is a way for breast cancer survivors, families and friends to celebrate life and look forward to the future because there is indeed a way back to that normalcy they crave after treatment,” says JC Martinez, MD. “Understanding their options, including breast reconstruction, can be very comforting to women faced with a breast cancer diagnosis. Through this event, we hope to raise awareness, peace of mind and hope.”
For more information about breast reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy, or to schedule a consultation, contact St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at 484/526-1260. To register for the event and purchase tickets, visit http://www.sluhn.org/GirlsNightOut or call InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES, (785-8537) option #4. Tickets are $35.
About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and 300 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 34 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 263 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital. In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health seven times total and five years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.