BC/Yukon Region’s (CBCF) $50,000 Community Health Grant will ensure that over 250 women will receive areola tattoos – tattooing a new areola to a reconstructed breast. Operated by Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, the areola tattoo clinic is the only one of its kind in the Lower Mainland, and has provided services to over 350 women, free of charge, since its inception in 2012.
It’s simple, but powerful – areola tattooing makes women feel ‘whole’ again.” To women who have undergone years of breast cancer surgeries, including treatment and reconstruction, tattooing a new areola to a reconstructed breast (otherwise, noticeably blank) helps bring back a positive body image, self-love and intimacy after breast cancer.
“Breast cancer can be a lengthy and devastating journey from diagnosis to countless surgeries, and for a woman to feel whole again is priceless,” says Elaine Webb, Senior Director, Health Promotion and Communication of CBCF. “We were excited to learn what Eagle Ridge is doing at this special clinic. With this grant, we can ensure that even more women will receive closure from breast cancer with this final procedure, and begin to heal in mind, body and spirit.”
This service is free to women thanks to special donors like CBCF. “Their donation and willingness to partner with ERH is heart-warming. They are ensuring that women who have survived breast cancer have the right place to go for this service – and that’s Eagle Ridge,” says Charlene Giovannetti-King, Executive Director of the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. “We truly appreciate like-minded organizations like CBCF who positively impact a healthier tomorrow – in the lives of patients and their families.”
Performed by nurse clinician, Sandi Saunier, demand for this service has been increasing as referrals continue to come in from plastic surgeons across the Lower Mainland. Sandi will be able to see more women each week with this generous donation.