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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 10:05AM

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 12:27PM 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 8/25/2009 AC Surgery 10/21/2009 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/11/2009 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/4/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 25, 2013 05:25PM 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 05:54PM 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 08:53PM 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 10:05AM 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 10:18PM 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 02:22PM 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 05:15PM - edited Jan 31, 2014 07:46PM 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 07:31PM GeorgiaRai wrote:

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

Pink Hearts

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 1/17/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/28/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 8/10/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/15/2012
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Feb 4, 2014 07:15PM 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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May 28, 2015 04:41PM yogawalker wrote:

I have 2 prostheses, many mastectomy bras and several wigs I would like to donate to your efforts. Please let me know to where I can send them.

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Feb 9, 2016 11:46PM GoTitans wrote:

I want to donate silicone breast forms and surgical bras. 

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Feb 9, 2016 11:49PM GoTitans wrote:

I have silicon breast prosthesis and surgical bras to donate to San Jose Costa Rica


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Feb 9, 2016 11:51PM GoTitans wrote:

I have silicon prosthesis and surgical bras to donate to San Jose Costa Rica

Please let me know where to send them

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Mar 4, 2016 09:48AM Kristentaylor wrote:

I will.will be willing to that them off your hands I'm having mine don't on the 29th of this month I I'm not gonna be able for afford much after this surgery is done

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Mar 4, 2016 09:50AM Kristentaylor wrote:

I've asked another lady about her bras I'm having my surgery March 29th scared out of my mind and not think about new bras is making me become more into a depression thinking about all this. My family is not to we'll off due to my date and wages lost. I feel like I'm being a begger but just looking for some help

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Mar 4, 2016 05:17PM CynthiaB wrote:

Hello to you....I have a bi lateral mastectomy Nov 30th, 2015. I have a post mastectomy camisole I will send you. I used it but it's in good shape. It's yours if you want it. If so, please let me know (I'm not that good on this site...yet.....so if you want to email me, that's fine with me. I will pay to ship it over to you. I just donated my bras to an organization or you could have those too! Chin up...the worst part is the worry before, really....... Cindy - bondrdp@comcast.net

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Sep 8, 2016 07:38PM - edited Sep 8, 2016 08:02PM by sml

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Sep 8, 2016 08:19PM Denise-G wrote:

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www.denise4health.wordpress.com my BC Blog with over 200 informative posts about all aspects of BC - stop by! Myself, my mom, and sister were all diagnosed with BC within 3 years. What a ride! Dx 10/10/2011, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/23/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/27/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 2/28/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 14, 2017 01:12PM hatlady52 wrote:

I just arranged to donate my bilateral breast forms and gently used bras to a 501C3 charity (meaning you can itemize donations on your tax return) called Pink Heart Funds. They are located in Mississippi. It was mentioned in older posts, but the link was bad. I was able to easily find their website and contact information via Google search and I was able to reach them via Facebook message (search Facebook for Pink Heart Funds). They were excited to receive such donations, and are in great need. I prefer to donate as close to home as possible before donating abroad, especially given our own under-insured.

Dx 1/21/2013, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/12/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left
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Aug 28, 2017 07:10AM Boobsaway wrote:

Can you please send me an address to donate. I have prosthesis and several bras in great condition.

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Aug 28, 2017 07:51AM - edited Aug 28, 2017 07:51AM by Moderators

Boobsaway, welcome to Breastcancer.org! Take a look at this thread too, it may be of help: Topic: Prosthesis...wanting to donate to someone in need.

Thank you for your offer!

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Sep 12, 2017 07:52PM BeyondOctober wrote:

Hello. Can you send them to my organization Beyond October? You can email me @ beyondoctoberevents@gmail.com and I'll send you information. I'm redistributing to women in need. Thanks and please spread the word.
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Sep 12, 2017 11:14PM BeyondOctober wrote:

Hello.

If you still have them please inbox me at beyondoctoberevents@gmail.com. We are collecting donations to redistribute to women in need. Thanks Hadelia

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Dec 12, 2017 02:44PM brianey13 wrote:

hi my name is yanay i live in canada,but i am from cuba,i have an aunt with breast cancer she is in cuba 5 years ago she had the left breast mastectomy and i got a breast for her but now the breast is in very bad condition and she really need one and i can't buy one know her sizes is 38C or 8R please if someone have that size and wanted to donate please let my know i will pay for shipping if is necessary .Thanks

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Aug 16, 2018 01:40PM Amanda76 wrote:

Hi there, I have 2 breast prosthetics which would fit a DD cup. 1 I have worn for around 10 months but is still in excellent condition. The other I have never used. I also have 2 swimming prosthetics that have hardly been used. I've had reconstruction now and would happily give them to someone. Not looking for any money, however they are heavy and shipping costs would be expensive so someone would need to either pick up or pay for shipping.

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Aug 16, 2018 05:13PM Moderators wrote:

Hi Amanda, and welcome!

This is a very thoughtful offer! We have a forum here for this: BCO Free-cycle. However, we can not allow any exchange of money, even for shipping costs. If you'd like to donate these to another member, and pay for shipping, that would surely be something wonderful to pay it forward!

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Dec 30, 2018 04:05PM deet wrote:

Hi Amanda

I had a mastectomy May 2018 without reconstructive surgery. I will not be having reconstructive surgery. If you still have both types of the DD prosthesis and bras I would certainly appreciate them

I am not good with the computer so I hope you get this message

Thank you,

Dee T

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Dec 30, 2018 07:40PM Moderators wrote:

Hi Deet, and welcome to Breastcancer.org! We're sorry you have to be here, but really glad you found us.

Amanda hasn't really been active in the boards since she posted about her prosthetics, so we would recommend you to send her a private message. For that, follow these steps:

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Jan 26, 2019 12:19PM Pesantezn wrote:

hello

Im new to the site. I had stage 4 cancer and had a total mastectomy to my right side including nodes in my arm. I don’t have insurance and can’t buy a new prothesis. I had one but it just broken on me. The interior tore. I’m looking for donations please. Right side. Bra size 40b. I would really apprecyr the help. Currently using a bag of peas to put in my bra because I need th e balance for my back.

Thank you to all it is so appreciated to have a group of individuals willing to help one another.

Thank you in advanc

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