WHERE ARTISTRY AND THERAPY MEET
Every year women diagnosed with breast cancer will likely face dramatic changes, both physical and emotional. The Treasured Chest Program was designed to support these women by allowing them to confront these changes directly, in a supportive, creative atmosphere.
The Keep A Breast and Young Survival Coalition’s Treasured Chest Program gives any woman diagnosed with breast cancer or testing positive with the BRCA1, BRCA2 Gene an opportunity to document her body and feelings by turning her casted torso into a beautiful work of art. These unique pieces, The Keep A Breast Foundation Breast Casts™, are one-of-a-kind plaster forms that combine sculpture, charity, and artistry. They communicate complex emotions about breast health and the female form, allowing the castee to capture a specific point in her life.
115 diagnosed women directly supported in 2015
kits have been sent to women in all 50 states
42 % of casts are sent to women under 40
BREAST CASTS ARE NARRATIVES
This program is the foundation of KAB’s artistic approach to breast cancer support, dialogue, and community building. The casting process is a safe haven of expression for young women diagnosed with breast cancer, and the final product a starting point for continuing conversations. Breast casts are narratives that highlight the importance of confronting the challenges of breast cancer. Each is an outward expression of the castee’s inner beauty. “I’ve never felt so beautiful” is a common response from participants.
SUPPORTING ALL WOMEN
All women diagnosed with breast cancer or testing positive with the BRCA1, BRCA2 Gene are invited to apply and take part in this program. This includes women facing or recovering from the loss of a breast (mastectomy), partial removal of a breast (lumpectomy), or shrinkage of a breast caused by radiation, as well as previvors. Like-minded spas and salons interested in hosting local breast casting parties are also encouraged to participate in the program.
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