2015 was one of our most successful years yet!
Here's a few highlights of how we shared our message this year:
Our College Outreach Program grew by over 20%.
- In 2015, we provided 210 college health centers nationwide with FREE breast health education materials.
We promoted breast health & screening for young women in the national media.
Our Founder ensured that the voices of young women were not left out of the mix when new controversial breast cancer screening guidelines were released in October. Check out what she said on CNN & Al Jazeera.
Our first Bras Across the Bridge event raised $15,000 to support our educational program.
- If you haven't seen the recap video...WATCH IT NOW!
But what we're most proud of is knowing that our campaign is saving lives. Read Bria's story about how Feel Your Boobies changed her life.
We need your support to continue our important work.
"Feel Your Boobies only exists because of the support we receive from those who believe in what we do. I see, on a daily basis, the impact we have and the lives we touch. Bria is just one of the testimonials that is an example of why our campaign matters. Thank you for your continued support."
- Leigh Hurst, FYB Founder (12 year survivor, diagnosed age 33)
Check donations can be mailed to: Feel Your Boobies Foundation, PO Box 41, Middletown, PA 17057. Donations through Paypal be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel Your Boobies Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. EIN#20-2938710.
Bria Gaumer, diagnosed age 36 (2015)
On June 28th, 2015 I ran the Harrisburg Half Marathon. As a yogi and a runner I had been working hard for months and had finally beat my best time and finished under two hours. I was still on top of the world that evening when I felt a lump in my right breast and everything changed. It's amazing just how quickly your world can turn upside down.
The next day I met with my doctor and scheduled a mammogram. When I looked at the mammogram I couldn't believe it. You couldn't see the lump, you couldn't see anything but white because I had "dense" breast tissue. The doctors pointed out that because I felt my lump they were able to focus on the specific area and locate my mass. Within two weeks of my self exam I had my diagnosis, stage II breast cancer.
Two weeks after that I had a double mastectomy. My surgeon told me that the cancer had also just started in my left breast and had worked its way into three of my lymph nodes on the right side. Due to the lymph nodes being involved I would most certainly be getting chemotherapy to ensure the cancer did not settle anywhere else in my body. My cancer is estrogen positive and very aggressive. I was told that I was lucky to have found the lump when I did. My world was spinning out of control but luckily it was moving faster than I could process it. I had gone from focusing on how often I could get my workouts in to focusing on what it takes to stay alive.
"A few years back I had gone to a Feel Your Boobies fundraiser with a friend. It was then that I realized it wasn't just a cute saying, this was really important. I needed to check myself regularly. I had begun self exams on a regular basis. Because of doing self exams I knew what my body felt like and I recognized it when something was wrong."
I had always had concerns about finding a lump if one existed because my breasts were dense. My doctor had said I would know if something changed in my body and she was right.
No one wants to believe this can happen to them. A part of me still has a hard time accepting it as my reality. The best way to save your life is early detection. Know your body, know what is normal for you. Take the time to feel your boobies. In my heart I really believe it gave me time to live.