Topic: Any place to donate prosthetic and bras?

Forum: Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy — Discuss prostheses, swimsuits, bras, and other options for women not having reconstruction or waiting for reconstruction.

Posted on: Dec 25, 2013 09:05AM

Posted on: Dec 25, 2013 09:05AM

christina0001 wrote:

I was flat for a year after my UMX and have my prosthetic and two bras for it - does anyone know of any place that I could donate them to? Or does anywhere here want them? The bras are 36D and tan in color (I have the tags cut out, they were itchy). Hate to just throw them away although maybe it's not a big deal to.

Surgery 1/10/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 1/16/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 2/9/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 2/12/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/12/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/9/2012 Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 8/23/2012 Radiation Therapy 9/30/2012 Breast Surgery 7/29/2013 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Dec 25, 2013 11:27AM Kicks wrote:

I was looking for somewhere to donate my old pros but didn't have any luck finding some where that I could be sure they would go to someone who could actually use it.  The only suggestion I got was to donate it to one of they local Thrift Stores.  I don't like donating to a Thrift Store as it seems to me like might not be dealt with with respect but rather just stick out on a shelf and kids, men, women who see it will just joke about it - so I've decided to just keep it put up in case I ever find someone who can use it.  For me, the idea of just throwing it away would be like throwing a part of me away.  I asked the BC Navigator at the Center I go to if I could donate it there but can't - it's considered a medical device as opposed to wigs/scarves/etc. so they can't give it out 'second hand'.  

So guess I'll go ahead and give a little info about it here in case it might help someone here.  I wore it for approx. 2 1/2yrs but it still looks great.  The only reason I got a new pros a year ago was because of lost weight thus pros no longer 'matched' me.  I'd be happy to semd it to someone who could use it.  It sits in my closet in it's carry case in the original box.  If anyone thinks it might be useful to them, PM me and tomorrow I'll check to be sure which model and size it is.  What I do remember is that it is American Breast Care and color is 'blush'.   I wore it in 36 D mostly depending on the bra fit, some bras were 36 C.

Dx 8/7/2009, IBC, Stage IIIC, 19/19 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/24/2009 AC Surgery 10/20/2009 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/10/2009 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/3/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 25, 2013 04:25PM moderators wrote:

Christina, this question has come up before, and there are a few threads where you can find some suggestions. Try using the Search function with "donate" and "bras" (without the quotes) as your search terms. You'll get some results that aren't relevant, but quick scan of the results will point you to the threads that are the best fit.

Thanks for your thoughtful offer to help others!

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Dec 25, 2013 04:54PM MRSROCKYTOP55 wrote:

I am a missionary here in Costa Rica and bring back donations to the hospital where I receive my treatment.  If you are interested in donating I can give you my sister's address in MN and I will bring them back next time I visit home.  It was been wonderful providing these donations to women who otherwise would not have the bras and prosthesis.  We also bring back wigs and scarves if anyone has any they not longer need.  Let me know and I will PM you her information.  Thank you and God Bless.  Feel free to pass the word.

Dx 11/17/2008, ILC, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 9/24/2013, ILC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx ILC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 26, 2013 07:53PM beacon800 wrote:

There is an organization in Palo Alto, CA called Breast Cancer Connections, which is a wonderful free service for breast cancer  patients.  They do all kinds of stuff - including helping underserved women with post surgical supplies.  I have donated forms to them and they were very glad to receive and also gave a tax receipt for them. 

http://bcconnections.org/


LCIS, PLCIS. Dx 7/24/2009, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 27, 2013 09:05AM erica wrote:

beacon,

Thanks for alerting me to this organization. Looks as if they do great work. I used to live in Palo Alto--if I still did, I think I'd volunteer there!

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Jan 4, 2014 09:18PM lorij44 wrote:

Hi there,

I live in Eastern Washington and when I was real sick I was directed to a place in Spokane called "Cancer Patient Care" where I found wigs, bras, chemo caps, hats, tops and a whole lot more. I only needed a shower chair and got one for no cost. It was all donations and free for those who needed.  There are blankets, quilts, and clothing for those with cancer issues as well as items such as shower chairs, walkers, and wheelchairs. Now that my journey is over, I will be taking all my hats, wigs, bras, swimsuits and prosthesis back to the place that helped me.  I have a lot to donate, I had no breasts for three years due to delayed reconstruction and over two years with expanders.  I certainly hope you can find a place such as this in your area.  Hope this helps.

Lori

Dx 5/24/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/6/2010 AC Surgery 11/4/2010 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 11/16/2010 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/24/2011 Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Surgery 6/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/20/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jan 28, 2014 01:22PM 2Thankful wrote:

beacon800

Thank you so much for the info. regarding Breast Cancer Connections in Palo Alto, CA.  I just contacted them and they said they would gladly take my mother's prosthetic bras.  Thank you for helping me find a good home for them!

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Jan 28, 2014 04:15PM - edited Jan 31, 2014 06:46PM by MRSROCKYTOP55

I live here in Costa Rica and there is a great need here for bras, prosthesis, wigs, scarves, etc.  Just let me know if you have anything you would like to donate and I can send you an address in the states and we have a mission group coming in March that could bring them.  Blessings all, Kathy

Dx 11/17/2008, ILC, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 9/24/2013, ILC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx ILC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Jan 31, 2014 06:31PM - edited Jul 15, 2019 01:50PM by moderators

Pink Heart Funds also gladly accepts donated breast forms that they pass on to uninsured women. They're located in Mississippi.


My friend found them because her mother no longer wore her prosthetics. They were so happy to get them!

"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think" ~ Christopher Robin Dx 11/21/2011, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 8/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/16/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/27/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 8/9/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/14/2012
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Feb 4, 2014 06:15PM MRSROCKYTOP55 wrote:

Bump

Dx 11/17/2008, ILC, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 9/24/2013, ILC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx ILC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+

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