Wondering what, exactly, the AiRS Foundation does and whether our services might be right for you?
The AiRS Foundation began with a friendship between two women, Janet Denlinger and Morgan Hare. The two had successfully started eraclea, a science-based skin care company whose products help women feel healthy and confident, and wanted to contribute back to the community in some way.
They sought out Dr. Rod Rohrich, the founding Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, asking him for ideas on how they might give back. Dr. Rohrich told them about some of the difficulties breast cancer survivors face in receiving breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy, and based on his suggestion, he, Denlinger and Hare founded the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AiRS) Foundation.
In short, the AiRS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness — and funds — for women who have had mastectomies and want reconstructive surgery, but cannot afford it.
On average, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop an invasive form of breast cancer during her lifetime. Of these women, 70% are unaware of their breast reconstruction options and may be unable to pay for reconstruction in any case.
This is where the AiRS Foundation comes in.
We partner with physicians, healthcare providers and healthcare centers, providing the resources necessary to make reconstruction a possibility for women who would not otherwise have access to this surgery. We also educate professionals in the field about the importance of the procedure.
Restorative surgery is a vital part of total physical and emotional healing for many breast cancer survivors. But when this option isn’t offered because it is either too expensive or healthcare providers simply don’t realize its importance, women don’t receive the healing they need to feel whole again. By educating others about the value of this procedure, as well as the options available to women from all income brackets, the AiRS Foundation works to bring health and wholeness to every breast cancer survivor’s life.
Consider a donation!
As a nonprofit, we rely on grants and donations to fund our work. That’s why every donation we receive is of the utmost value. If you or someone you know has had breast cancer and, as a result, have had a mastectomy, would you consider donating to the AiRS Foundation? We have a number of donation levels to fit your desired gift! Consider giving today — every donation counts!