PITTSBURGH (KDKA)- UPMC celebrated the 4th annual “Brest Reconstruction Awareness Day,” or “Bra Day” at the Andy Warhol Museum. The event featured mannequin busts artistically rendered by local artists.
UPMC is saying that less than a quarter of women who have breast cancer-related surgeries are fully aware of their breast reconstruction options.
Pat Miller, two-time breast cancer survivor, attended the event to help support breast reconstruction. She talked about the importance of breast reconstruction and why she decided to have it done.
“The art of reconstruction means everything to me because i couldn’t imagine waking up with nothing.” Miller continued, “Reconstruction is not being vain. It is who you are. You cannot wake up and be a different person and feel the same about your experience with breast cancer.”
Sean Gray, the event’s producer, commented on the fourth time UPMC has executed this event and its overall success.
“This being the fourth time we’ve done it, the third time at the Warhol Museum, we’ve had this collaboration and it’s been really nice with some of the artists who have been with us from the beginning. We created a show that helps to talk about cancer, breast cancer and breast reconstruction that helps people complete the circle, which is what we try to do here, to celebrate a lot of the struggles of a tough time in many people’s lives,” said Gray.
The mannequins are up for sale and all the money goes toward awareness and education of breast reconstruction.