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About this project

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but we wanted to do more than raise awareness. We also wanted to do something inspiring and healing. 33 breast cancer survivors feel so strongly about the need for this resource that we're baring our scars and insecurities, and our beauty and triumphs to create this. Only with your help can we print it, and get it to our friends, neighbors, and family members that need it!

A nurse and author, together with 32 other breast cancer survivors, a professional photographer, and a team of book publishers, are “baring it for breast cancer” in a unique book meant to bring hope to over 230,000 women annually. This is the number of women in the United States who will receive a diagnosis of breast cancer this year.

A breast cancer diagnosis is terrifying. The woman that hears, “you have breast cancer, and I think you need to have surgery” faces horrible ideas of losing herself, disfiguring herself, removing what makes her feel most feminine, and having a body that no longer truly belongs to her. The only photos that show surgical options are faceless, clinical pictures from the surgeon’s office or (worse yet) terrifying images of surgeries-gone-wrong from the internet. 

The women in Beauty After Breast Cancer have undergone different versions of mastectomies, lumpectomies, reconstruction, or not. We are sharing bare-chested portraits of ourselves and our surgery results to help provide answers to other women facing surgical decisions. And we are sharing our stories, to teach women battling breast cancer how to hang onto themselves through the process of breast cancer, surgery, and recovery. Beauty After Breast Cancer is the only resource of it's kind: one that gives information and is also uplifting instead of frightening. This book can create understanding, hope, and a better ability to talk about feelings and options without feeling alone or self-conscious. 

I have been trying for 10 years to give the perfect resource and voice of hope to all the breast cancer patients who came after me…the resource I (and my family) so missed having as we struggled with our surgeries and diagnoses. It will take $20,000 to professionally produce, edit, design, and print this book (yah, I know, I was surprised too). But if that's what it takes…I'll do my utmost to make it happen. Every bit of money raised is going to placing this resource in every Breast Center and Cancer Center we can get it to, across the world. The more money we raise, the more realistic this becomes…we have the possibility of reaching and giving hope to 1.7 million women annually, worldwide. What an amazing gift…to help a woman you love, and others in your community, by given them the gift of self and strength in the most frightening time of their life. Please contribute.

Risks and challenges

We are self-publishing this book in order to maintain the integrity of these women and their stories, and to better direct our marketing specifically to the medical industry. As such, we have assembled our own team of professionals to make this happen.

Author Katelyn Carey is a nurse with Ashland Community Hospital in Oregon, and has already started to talk with local surgeon's offices and other potential sponsors to help fund and promote the book. We are looking to them to help raise the additional money beyond the $20,000 needed to the first printing. The Elizabeth Institute (www.elizabethinstitute.com) is our first partnership, and we're happy to have their collaboration!

Our team also includes: a professional photographer (Joseph Linaschke- www.photojoseph.com); a professional filmmaker (Sean Nipper- www.reelhousefilms.com); and professional book editor, book designer, print house, and publicist. Most of them are working at reduced fees, but as we have chosen career professionals, they cannot do their work for free. Again, $20,000 gets us to publication. This amount covers preliminary payments to the photographer, videographer, publisher, designer, and book editor that is needed to print the first round of finished books. Most of it is printing cost. Anything raised after that is going to pay the balance of the moneys owed, then is going to promotion…to get this book to the women who need it.

Quite frankly, the more money we raise, the more women we reach. Outreach marketing has started with radio, newspaper, and television interviews (see our website www.beautyafterbreastcancer.com for links) . This is just the beginning. We are teaming with some incredible people (like Allison Gryphon from "The Why Foundation"- www.thewhyfoundation.org) to concentrate efforts on getting this book into every Cancer Center in the country, so that it can reach every woman who needs it. This project has been in the making since I recognized the need for it. It will happen, it will publish. But truthfully we will impact the most people if the word of this book can go out in a concentrated barrage of heart-felt story sharing with the media. The more money we raise, the more likely that is to happen…because I'm just not famous enough to do it any other way. :}

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    Thank you!
    We will send you a thank you card with an image from the Beauty after Breast Cancer team that thanks you for your help in making this project a reality!

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    Helping share the inspiration! We will send you a thank you card with the cover image from Beauty after Breast Cancer. We will also send a marketing package to the largest Breast Center in your area that includes a trifold "What to Expect with Surgery and Recovery" brochure that is printing-cost-only to reorder for their patients. Other accompanying information will give information about the Beauty after Breast Cancer book and it's history, and offer free shipping if they order the book.

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    You are a voice for Hope!
    We will send you a copy of Beauty after Breast Cancer to keep or gift as you choose, along with a thank you letter from the production team.

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    -Community Leader- REACHES 300+ WOMEN.
    We will send a copy of Beauty after Breast Cancer to the largest Cancer Center or Breast Center in your town/city, along with a letter crediting you for donating the book, and a marketing and patient resource package that explains more about the project and gives additional patient outreach materials and resources. Your name will also be mentioned, with thanks, in the book.

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    -For medical personnel- You will receive a signed copy of the book for your office, giving personal thanks for your support. Additionally, your website will be linked in on our resources page with a brief description of your business. This link will be placed November 1st of this year.

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    -An Amazing voice for Hope- YOU ARE HELPING OVER 1500 WOMEN. We will send you a copy of the book, along with a thank you letter, to keep or gift as you choose. Additionally we will send copies to 5 of the largest Cancer Centers and Breast Centers in your area. Each will receive a copy of Beauty after Breast Cancer, along with a letter crediting you for donating the book, and a patient resource package that explains more about the project and gives additional patient outreach materials and resources. You will also be included, with special thanks, in the sponsor's page for the book.

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    -Give a special gift of Beauty-
    A one-day, in-studio or on-location photography session will be given to the breast cancer patient/survivor who is gifted this reward. A large professional style wall-print of this woman's choosing (if desired), will also be included.
    Travel expenses to Ashland are your responsibility. Inclusion in the book will be considered, but is not guaranteed.
    Your name will be included, with special thanks, in the sponsor's page for the book.

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    -Heart of the Community-
    OVER 3000 WOMEN HELPED. We will research and find the 10 largest Breast Centers and Cancer Centers in your community. Each will receive a copy of Beauty after Breast Cancer, along with a letter crediting you for donating the book, and a marketing and patient resource package that explains more about the project and gives additional patient outreach materials and resources.
    You will receive a thank you letter and copy of the book to keep or gift as you choose. You will also be included, with special thanks, in the sponsor's page.

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    -A Key Character in The Story-
    The author and photographer will travel to you, anywhere in the United States, for a photo session and interview with the breast cancer survivor that is gifted this award.
    A collection of finished images will be printed and delivered to this woman from her photo shoot, along with a large canvas or other fine art wall print of the portrait of her choosing. In addition to her own bright beauty given back to her, she will have the option of including her story and photo in the book.
    A copy of the book will also be sent upon it's completion in October, and credit given with our thanks in the sponsor's page.
    Travel outside of the US would not be included in this total, please inquire if interested.

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