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Project Areola

We are raising awareness and providing realistic areola and nipple tattoos to women who have undergone reconstruction due to breast cancer.

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Campaign Ends on April 3, 2021

Project Description

Blush believes in the therapeutic benefits of feeling beautiful and practicing self-love. We empower women through improving self-confidence, providing a therapeutic experience and providing dignity through confidentiality...we won't Blush ;)  

For some women, nipples, or lack thereof, isn't an issue. For others, 3D areola and nipple tattooing helps to restore some of what they had lost during their breast cancer journey, whether it be when they are in intimate situations, or simply when they walk past a mirror. Often times, the tattooing of nipples or areola is the final step in their recovery after a long road of battling breast cancer. 

Funding would provide Vanessa with the opportunity to provide this life-changing service to women free of charge for a period of time. Ideally, this would be done during the month of October, which is breast cancer awareness month. This would also increase visibility on the issue of breast cancer awareness and allow for opportunities to promote the importance of early breast cancer screening. The completion of the pro-bono services, in addition to the campaign in October, will allow for further outreach and ability to promote her service to local medical facilities and reach more women who are wanting to increase confidence and improve their self-image after their cancer journey.  Additionally, paying clients who are receiving areola tattooing are provided with a letter of medical necessity so they are able to seek reimbursement for the areola reconstruction with their insurance companies, following the Federal Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act. 

Blush operates out of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, with is considered a rural area, but has access to many major cities. Funding would increase our ability to continue our outreach efforts within the medical community as well as to the public.

Who is Affected

In the US: "About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S." (www.breastcancer.org

In the World: "Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women, impacting 2.1 million women each year, and also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women. In 2018, it is estimated that 627,000 women died from breast cancer – that is approximately 15% of all cancer deaths among women. While breast cancer rates are higher among women in more developed regions, rates are increasing in nearly every region globally." (www.who.int

In 2019 Blush owner, Vanessa, completed the advanced medical tattooing program held at Penn’s Perlman Building for Advanced Medicine, one of top teaching hospitals in the nation and one of the highest performing breast reconstruction centers internationally. She learned to put her cosmetic tattooing skills to use in working with post-mastectomy breast cancer survivors and create the look of realistic 3D areola/nipple tattoos, the final step in many women’s breast cancer and/or reconstructive breast surgery journeys. In addition to her experience with medical and cosmetic tattooing, Vanessa holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, which we believe greatly improves her ability to work with women who are experiencing the health complications that have resulted in the desire to seek these types of procedures. 

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for taking the time to read about our mission and for considering the support of this cause. 

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