BR Walls Project and Heather Savoy, formerly of Privé Boutique, jointly hosted BUST last night at Hartley/Vey Theatre in the Shaw Center. Conceptually, the event was unlike anything I’ve seen in Baton Rouge. A mix of breast cancer survivors and models donned handmade bras by local artists and skirts designed by Ann Tibbs Tillage for a runway show; and guests could later bid on the bras during a silent auction. All proceeds from the evening benefit Woman’s Hospital’s breast cancer outreach and education programs, including the Mobile Mammography Coach. The Coach has allowed the hospital to provide more than 22,000 digital mammography screenings to women across the region that may not otherwise have access to one. So incredible!

Being that it’s breast cancer awareness month, I thought this post might be timely. BUST was a really innovative event. It presented breast cancer awareness in a way that was playful (guests cat-called all the models and survivors as they graced the runway) and accessible to a younger generation (let’s please remember that breast cancer can affect women of any age; and not only those with a genetic predisposition!). The evening inspired me to finally make time for a mammogram. The keynote speaker, Jennifer Frederick (who was also my Tri-Delt alum advisor coincidentally), gave a heart wrenching account of her own battle with breast cancer. She was diagnosed at age 33 and her children were ages 6, 3 and 1! While I may not have children, I’m blessed to have a lot of people in my life that take caring stock in my health and wellness. I’ll get screened for them. Ninety-nine percent of me thinks it’ll come back clean, but why not eliminate all doubt? I would really love for you to do the same.

Cheers to your health and wellness, this month and every month!

Quote of the day:

“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” –Thomas Carlyle



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