BREAST PRESERVATION FOUNDATION RECEIVES $10,000 GRANT FROM COMERICA BANK TO EDUCATE WOMEN ABOUT SKIN-SPARING MASTECTOMY
BEVERLY HILLS, CA, May 12, 2010 – The Breast Preservation Foundation (BPF) has received a $10,000 grant from Comerica Bank, presented during the recent grand opening ceremony of its new Beverly Hills Banking Center. Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad, City Councilman Willie Brien, M.D., Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders attended the event and recognized the non-profit organization for its dedicated work in educating women about the advantages of skin-sparing mastectomy over traditional mastectomy for breast cancer patients.
“The Breast Preservation Foundation is working hard to lessen suffering and fear associated with breast cancer surgery by informing women and their doctors about less disfiguring options like skin-sparing mastectomy,” said Joel A. Aronowitz, M.D., BPF president and founder and USC clinical professor of plastic surgery.
“We value the support and commitment of our wonderful friends at Comerica Bank, their deep sense of civic responsibility and charity makes me confident that together we can significantly improve the health and well being of our community,” he added.
The grant will support the BPF’s educational outreach programs that work toward ultimately establishing a national center to train surgeons to perform the skin-sparing mastectomy procedure. The BPF’s work also involves educating lawmakers about the issue so that new health care legislation encourages the use of less disfiguring breast cancer surgery like skin-sparing mastectomy, recognizing that a natural breast appearance is a valid measure of quality of care.
About the Breast Preservation Foundation
The BPF’s mission is to educate women about skin-sparing mastectomies and its advantages for an overall better cosmetic result. Its goal is to inform and empower women to ask more questions before having a potentially disfiguring biopsy, lumpectomy and traditional mastectomy. BPF urges women to insist their breast surgeon recognize the importance of preserving the breast which can improve their quality of life after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.
To sign up to receive more information about skin-sparing mastectomies, breast cancer survival or to make a donation to the Breast Preservation Foundation, please visit www.BreastPreservation.org.
From left: Sagra Cabrera, Senior Vice President, Retail Bank, Betty Rengifo Tucker, Executive Vice President, Retail Bank, Jimmy Delshad, Mayor of Beverly Hills, Fiona Chalom, PhD, Executive Director, Joel A. Aronowitz, M.D., Breast Preservation Foundation, Debra Bradford, Assistant Vice President, Banking Center Manager, Beverly Hills Branch, Morgan Rector, President of the Entertainment Group for Comerica Bank, Dennis Gilkerson, Senior Vice President, Private Banking, Scott Rosser, Vice President, Private Banking and William W. Brien, MD, Beverly Hills City Councilmember