A few years ago I lost a beautiful staff member to Breast Cancer and I had wanted to run an event to commemorate Mary’s energy and spirit.
“Bare to Care” is a fun, body positivity sisterhood event for women who have survived breast cancer or are currently under-going treatment. It for women who want to come together to celebrate lives lost or be thankful for those saved. It is about women sharing their stories, supporting each other and having a day where, for once, they are proud of their bodies, not scared of them.
Bare to Care is an event bringing talented body-painting artists together with women who are baring all in support of each other, their story and to take back their bodies. This the is third year in a row we will support the event as the stories from 2018 were so powerful. Women taking ownership of their post mastectomy bodies, post reconstruction or about to head in for surgery. Women laughing and celebrating their bodies as they were painted, a day away from treatment and ‘over thinking’.
Yes, the event is a fundraiser and yes, it is about educating women how to properly check themselves, and to do so regularly. But the event is also about empowerment, sisterhood and facing cancer straight-on. About taking back your body as yours, not something that cancer owns. It is different to most other cancer fundraisers and coffee mornings. It is about courage, fun and sisterhood. It is about finding a space for laughter in the seriousness.
The KH Foundation is delighted to fund and run the event. It will not change the world. But it does give something special to the women that attend, it celebrates the memory of those we have lost and it fosters laughter and much needed escapism, even if just for that day.
Funds raised are donated to ARC Cancer Support Services in Ireland.