Keep A Breast Foundation Partners with Young Survival Coalition for Treasured Chest Program

May 16, 2012

Carlsbad, Calif. (May 16, 2012) —The Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB), a 501c3 nonprofit organization aimed at helping eradicate breast cancer by increasing awareness among youth, and Young Survival Coalition (YSC), a nonprofit focused exclusively on the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer, are partnering on the Treasured Chest Program, a support program for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Keep A Breast and Young Survival Coalition Treasured Chest Program gives women who are diagnosed with breast cancer an opportunity to document their journeys with a Keep A Breast Foundation Breast Cast™, a hand-made plaster form of their torsos, which they hand paint as a part of art therapy. The KAB/YSC Treasured Chest Program’s goal is to give women who are diagnosed with breast cancer an opportunity to document their bodies and emotions during their treatment by turning their casted torso into a work of art.

“At the Keep A Breast Foundation, we recognize that diagnosed women may be facing a dramatic physical change due to the loss of a breast through mastectomy, partial removal of a breast, or shrinkage of a breast caused by radiation, as well as psychological changes that accompany diagnosis,” said Amanda Nixon, Survivor Outreach Advocate at the Keep A Breast Foundation. “The Treasured Chest Program was designed to support these women by helping them communicate their complex emotions about breast health and the female form, allowing women to capture a specific point in their breast cancer journeys.”

Started in 2010, the Treasured Chest Program uses Keep A Breast Foundation Breast Casts™ as a part of its support programs to harness the power of art and artistic expression to communicate complex feelings about breast cancer and health. Partnering with the Young Survival Coalition, the Treasured Chest Program will offer a variety of events throughout the country where breast cancer survivors can receive their own breast cast, meet other young breast cancer survivors and participate in other support activities.

“The Treasured Chest Program is a great program for young breast cancer survivors to adapt to the changes brought on by breast cancer,” said Jennifer Merschdorf, CEO of the Young Survival Coalition. “Through the Keep A Breast Foundation and Young Survival Coalition partnership, we hope to reach more young women diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as offer education and support as they go through the treatment process.”

Each year, approximately 10,000 men and women age 15 to 39 are diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group. Compared to older women, young women generally face more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates, according to the American Cancer Society.

For more information about the KAB/YSC Treasured Chest Program, please visit http://www.keep-a-breast.org/programs/treasuredchest/

About The Keep A Breast Foundation
The Keep A Breast Foundation  is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by informing young people about methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts we seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being.

About Young Survival Coalition (YSC)
Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition was the first nonprofit organization to focus exclusively on the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer. Founded by young survivors for young survivors, YSC began as a grassroots organization to advocate on behalf of all young women diagnosed with breast cancer to increase their quality and quantity of life. Based in New York City, with 23 affiliates nationwide, YSC today provides comprehensive resources, support and education to address every phase of a young woman’s breast cancer experience.