The Bridge Breast Network

Brunch and Slay gives Back with Kendra Scott

Ladies, let’s admit it. We love our breasts. It’s the part of our bodies we love to insinuate. Our breasts are magical. They’re apart of what makes us feel like a woman. That’s why it’s imperative that we love and protect our magic.

According to BreastCancer.org, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. So ask yourself, how often do you examine your magic? Would you notice if your magic started to take on a different color or shape? Brunch and Slay staff writer, Krystal Ketcham, sat down with the Executive Director of The Bridge Breast Network, Terry Wilson-Gray, to discuss the organization’s continuous efforts to educate and help women battling breast cancer.

 

As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Terry is fully aware of the emotional and physical distress breast cancer can have on women. She attributes her willingness to go above and beyond to help others to her experience with cancer. Terry says, “That is my driving force to make sure what I do at the bridge is educating, advocating, and empowering people to be their own advocate about their health.” What is so intriguing about Terry is her inner strength. As we conversed about her experience with cancer, Terry admits it was her attitude that helped her beat cancer. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

For over 25 years, The Bridge Breast Network has been saving lives by providing access to diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer to low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals. In 1992, breast specialist Dr. Sally Knox, along with the help from a group of breast cancer survivors founded The Bridge Beast Network. Dr. Knox often donated her services for surgery and thought it would be a great idea to create a network for medical providers to lend their time and assistance for the betterment of women in need.

Today, The Bridge Breast Network consists of over 3,000 medical providers and 200 community partners. The foundation is a driving force in North Texas, serving over 30 counties, and 3,000 women annually with a staff of just seven employees. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you read that correctly. The Bridge Breast Network has a team of seven employees that work day in and day out to help women revive their magic.

For every dollar donated, Bridge clients receive nearly ten times that amount in medical care such as mammograms, sonograms, and biopsies, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment. To ensure each client continues to receive the attention she rightfully deserves, each yer The Bridge Breast Network host a gala. All the proceeds go toward booking treatment facilities and equipment. In addition to the annual gala, breast cancer advocates can go online and donate to the foundation.

In October not only do we celebrate women who have overcome breast cancer, but we share their stories in the hopes of helping others. On October 5th Brunch and Slay and Kendra Scott joined together to help women who feel they’ve lost their magic. All proceeds from the event went towards The Bridge Breast Network. If you would like to donate to The Bridge Breast Network, please click here.

Written by: Krystal Ketcham