Allana Maiden's mom is a brave breast cancer survivor who is 21 years cancer-free. And while Allana is inspired by her mom's "strength and hope," she's also upset for her, because she says, "It doesn't seem fair that shopping for bras is such a discouraging, time consuming and frustrating ordeal." Such is the case not just for Allana's mom but for many breast cancer survivors and previvors who have undergone mastectomy surgery.
Seriously, you would think that by the year 2013 we would have so many beautiful bras -- and bathing suits -- for these women to choose from. But pickings are painfully slim. And that's why Allana created a petition on Change.org, asking Victoria's Secret to "show they care by helping breast cancer survivors feel beautiful with "Survivor" bras." Simply amazing! And wanna hear something even more amazing?
So far, Allana has 75,727 signatures. Wow. Apparently, there are plenty of people out there who agree with her and want to see Victoria's Secret step up to the plate on this.
And the case for them to couldn't be stronger. As Allana explains in the petition:
Many women who undergo mastectomy surgery because of breast cancer suffer from body image issues. It doesn't help that they don't have the option of buying the pretty bras they wore before their battle with cancer, and specialty stores can be hard to find, forcing them to order bras online that they have to send back because they don't fit properly.
There's clearly a void here that needs to be filled, and as Allana points out, Victoria's Secret is the perfect company to address the issue, because they're nationwide, "the saleswomen are always helpful with fittings," and "the designs are beautiful." And it's not like they don't come out with specialty lines that go above and beyond their basic offerings all the time ...
Fingers crossed those 75K+ signatures make VS -- or similar companies -- take note. Because if anyone deserves gogeous bras, it's breast cancer survivors and previvors like Allana's mom.
What do you think of this petition?
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