Love, Hope & Pizza Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Patient Andrea Adair during her check-up appointment with Westcoast clinincal anaplastologist David Robinson, who created her high realism custom breast prosthetssis.

“National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) values Hungry Howie’s partnership in sharing our mission of helping women now by providing free mammograms, education, support, and early detection services. Together we can make a difference in women’s lives and offer them hope,” said founder and CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation Janelle Hail, a 32-year breast cancer survivor.

The mission of the NBCF is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. Additionally, they provide education, diagnostic services and online resources.

NBCF partners with 91 medical facilities in 50 states, including Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center at Jupiter Medical Center, Liga Contra el Cáncer in Miami, Martin Memorial Diagnostic Center in Stuart and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Jacksonville.

Money raised is used to fund research at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center hospitals with the goal of developing therapeutic and preventive drugs to treat breast cancer.

Their online video, After the Shock, provides educational resources and a community to reach out to others, ask questions and share other women’s inspirational stories.

Andrea Adair, 54, from Lakeland, is a two-time breast cancer survivor and an employee of Hungry Howie’s parent company, Managing Foods LLC.

“I love that Hungry Howie’s sole cause is to raise money and awareness for breast cancer,” said Adair, who was first diagnosed in 2004 in the midst of the three hurricanes to hit Florida.

Her persistence and insistence that she felt a lump during a self-exam most likely saved her life twice.

A survivor who opted not to have the reconstruction surgery after her second diagnosis resulted in a mastectomy of one breast, Adair chooses to use a self-adhesive, custom breast prosthesis made by Westcoast Brace & Limb in Tampa.

Adair, who will be featured in the upcoming book, “Bodies of Courage,” spends her free time advocating for breast cancer awareness and was the training walk leader for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Polk County.

An athlete who loves to run, practice yoga and fish, Adair said the prosthesis is light, doesn’t shift and is a mirror image of her healthy breast.

“After my diagnosis, I asked myself, how do I want to spend my time, and I realized I didn”t want more surgery – I wanted to fish, run and spend time outdoors doing what I love.”

“Time is too precious and I’m comfortable wearing my yoga top,” she said.

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Howie’s Facebook fans can also make a donation to NBCF through the Facebook page. An additional $1 will also be donated to NBCF when customers purchase Love, Hope & Pizza wristbands, become a new fan on their Facebook page, share a breast cancer story on the Facebook page, or tweet using the hashtag #lovehopepizza.

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