AiRS Winter Newsletter 2016

Janet Denlinger    Morgan Hare    Dr. Rod J. Rohrich
The AiRS Foundation grew out of a 40-year friendship between Janet Denlinger and Morgan Hare, women whose success in business motivated them to find a way to give back to our community. Since their skin care company, eraclea, was focused on helping women feel and look good, they were searching for a cause to which they could contribute that would help women with their self-esteem. To that end, they asked Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, the founding Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, to suggest ways he felt they could make a difference. He told them about the issues related to breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy, and that led to the beginning of establishing the AiRS Foundation.
Founders Note

Featured Article
What’s New
In the Press
The Story

Why I Do What I Do.
By: Alexes Hazen MD

Director of the NYU Aesthetic Center | AiRS Board Director

I remember the moment when I decided I wanted to become a plastic surgeon. I was a third-year medical student at Brown University School of Medicine doing a rotation in general surgery and had an ‘elective’ week in a sub-specialty. I didn’t know what plastic surgery was, but I chose that sub-specialty, and I was “scrubbed” into a breast…


Breast Cancer Patient Education Act

ASPS Secures passage of the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act
“This is a proud day for ASPS and all of our members who advocated on behalf of this important legislation.  Most importantly, it’s a victory for our patients, on whose behalf we continuously advocate.  ASPS has been working on the BCPEA for four years, and we are honored to have championed this much needed legislation that will inform patients about their federally mandated right to breast reconstruction.”
David Song, MD, MBA
ASPS President

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich is featured with Jane McGarry on Good Morning Dallas.

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As the country dons pink ribbons to promote breast cancer awareness

this month, one Dallas-based foundation is seeking to serve the women beyond the disease.


Kathy Bates on Living with Lymphedema

“I had seen someone with lymphedema who didn’t take care of it, and the toxins were visibly oozing,” This was my experience with lymphedema. I wasn’t educated,
and I was terrified this would happen to me.  Doctors focus on the cancer, and they don’t really talk about lymphedema.” Kathy Bates

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In The Pink 5K Race / Walk
Nov 7, 2015 – Dallas, Texas
Supporters, friends and colleagues came out to show their support by joining AiRS in the first annual In The Pink 5K race / walk to raise funds for breast cancer survivors.

Special Thanks to Our Valued Sponsors:
eraclea skin care | BeautiControl | Brighton Collectibles | Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute | NearlyMe Technologies | SiteSafe Solutions | NewBeauty Magazine
BRA DAY. The Sky’s the Limit!
Oct 21, 2015 – Dallas, Texas

AiRS participated in the 2nd annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day. This community event celebrates and honors breast cancer survivors, family members, caregivers
and the skilled doctors who promote medical
care to women. Cukcapes were served

Thank You To Our Valued Sponsors:
Allergan |  BeautiControl | BFFL Co
eraclea skin care | Genecov Plastic Surgery Group
Special Event with Roche Bobois
Oct 8, 2015 – Dallas, Texas

Roche Bobois hosted an exclusive evening in the Dallas Design District. It was an exciting eventwith entertainment and a silent auction to benefit the AiRS Foundation.

Attendee’s Include:

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich
Dolly and Neil Marting
Scott Murray
Jane McGarry
Sussan Deilami
Tyler Benz

Thank You To Our Valued Sponsors:
Roche Bobois

A Special Summer Evening
July 24, 2015

Our first Hamptons benefit event was graciously hosted by Lisa Cadette Cramer and Jim Cramer at their home. AiRS Founding Board Members Morgan Hare and Dr. Rod J. Rohrich were in town from Dallas to kick-off the celebration. The event brought out several notable names to support the cause, including Jill Schlesinger of CBS Money Watch, Author and Federal Appellate Attorney Sidney Powell, beauticontrol president Nikola Milivojevic, and Board Member Dr. Alexes Hazen of NYU Langone Medical Center

Special Thanks to Our Media Sponsors:
NewBeauty |  LUXE Interiors + Design

A great percentage of women undergoing breast cancer treatment are

unsure or unaware of their reconstruction options. We are dedicated to educating breast cancer survivors regarding their options and are raising funds and resources to help make reconstruction possible for everyone.

Janet Denlinger

“Lessons learned:
Get EDUCATED…speak up for yourself and be assertive.
Reach out for help and allow people to help you…because people really do want to help.”
Susan Neumann, CA

“AiRS was my “second family” during treatment. I didn’t feel like a woman any more, you
don’t want to tell anyone you are missing a breast…it just totally changed my life.”
Shannon Howden, TX

“In addition to chemotherapy, radiation and mastectomy, reconstructive breast surgery is an integral part of cancer treatment — leading to a path toward emotional and physical healing. As leaders in a national movement for health and healing, let’s make sure that every woman who needs and wants reconstruction can afford it.”

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich
If You Need Help or Know Someone Who Does, Please Contact Us.
To Volunteer as a Patient Advocate or Help Patients Find Us:

The AiRS Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to providing women access to options and funding for breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy due to breast cancer. We raise confidence and restore dignity by capitalizing on the skills and expertise of our network of respected professionals to advocate for, educate and support up to 70% of women who may not be aware of their options or have sufficient resources to cover the cost of surgery.

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