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This is a powerful book about breast cancer surgery and reconstruction, told poignantly by women through words and photos.
This is a powerful book about breast cancer surgery and reconstruction, told poignantly by women through words and photos.
This is a powerful book about breast cancer surgery and reconstruction, told poignantly by women through words and photos.
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Two Detroit journalists, Patricia Anstett and Kathleen Galligan, are launching a month-long online fundraising campaign to raise $18,000 for their upcoming national book on breast cancer surgery and reconstruction.

The book, told and photographed through the lives of women who have faced these decisions, is scheduled for publication later this year by Rowman & Littlefield. More than 225,000 American women, some as young as 20, undergo surgery every year for breast cancer, often without much information or medical consultation.

Donations to the Kickstarter campaign will pay for reporting and photography across the country, including visits to top breast reconstruction centers.

Many women say, 'I wish I would have known'," said Anstett, who has covered breast cancer extensively over a long newspaper career. "We hope our book gives women the information and insights they need. But we need your help."

Galligan is a two-time Emmy-award winning Detroit Free Press photographer. In October, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The project can been seen on bcsurgerystories.com.

Risks and challenges

We will work through all obstacles as they come, including potential delays stemming from photographer/videographer Kathleen Galligan's cancer treatment. She is doing well and we are confident she will remain a vital part of the project.

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    PROJECT BUDDY: Our eternal thanks and a supporter listing on our website, BCsurgerystories.com.

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    PROJECT GOOD FRIEND: Handwritten, thank-you photo postcard from the book, and website supporter listing.

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    PROJECT BEST FRIEND: Web site supporter listing. Also autographed copy of the book, expected in 2015. Publisher controls release date on book.

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    TRIBUTE PLEDGES: Inclusion on our Web site’s special section honoring breast cancer survivors and the departed and inclusion on website as a supporter. Also, autographed copy of the book (see note above on delivery).

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    PATRON: Autographed book, plus an invitation to the Detroit area book launch party. Personal visit or Skype interview with an author for your group.

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    INNER CIRCLE: Inclusion in our list of top donors on our Web site. Also, two invitations to our Detroit area launch party and two autographed books.

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    GATHER THE CLAN: Time for a book club or girlfriend get-together. Ten autographed copies of the book, your group or book club’s name in the acknowledgements section on our Web site, 10 VIP invitations to the launch party and personal appearance or Skype visit by the author at your event.

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    SEMINAR: Continuing education session: A 90-minute presentation and discussion with the author, with emphasis on how medical professionals and clinicians can best communicate surgery options with their female patients during surgery and reconstruction.

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    BEST FRIEND FOR LIFE: Ten personalized autographed copies of the book, lunch with the author (Metro Detroit area), VIP invitation to launch party, top billing on our website, supporter listing, and a few other secret surprises!

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