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Aug 5, 2014 6:54 AM by Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS

Breast Friends Program Needs Funding

CORPUS CHRISTI - It's a first of it's kind program, fitting breast cancer survivors for prosthetic breasts, but if it doesn't raise enough money it could be shut down as soon as next month.

It's only been open for a couple months, but the Breast Friends program has already changed the lives of nearly sixty breast cancer survivors.

"You're out of balance," said breast cancer survivor Lamarr Graves. "And you look in the mirror and...it's an emptiness."

Graves knows first-hand what it's like to battle breast cancer and survive. Even though it was almost 30 years ago, she remembers the day she was diagnosed like it was yesterday.

"Cause I was a young woman," she said. "And I thought, 'Oh my goodness... This is happening to me? It can't.'"

Through something like the Breast Friends program, which helps get women into prosthetic bras, graves said she was able to feel whole again.

"I don't know it just, made me feel like, like, my old self," she said.

The Breast Friends program is the only of its kind here in Texas, providing cancer survivors with prosthetics completely free of charge.

However, the donations-supported program is starting to run low on supplies.

"Those real popular sizes are getting harder to find, so we really need to make an order," said chief operating officer Meredith Grantham. "But without money to do that, we just can't."

They have about one more month's worth of supplies until they run out completely.

"There is absolutely no funding for this program," said office manager Amy Goldson. "And without the community's support, this program will not survive."

You can find more information on the program here.

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