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    No.135: Free Bras for Breast Cancer Survivors via Pink Warrior Advocates

    Free Bras for Breast Cancer Survivors & Patients - Never Alone® Program by Pink Warrior 

    After having a mastectomy, breast cancer patients and survivors may find their favorite bras do not fit anymore. While there's no denying how uplifting retail therapy can be  post-mastectomy, cancer is already as expensive as it is, and buying new bras on top of that can be expensive and stressful. 

    Luckily,  Pink Warrior Advocates (PWA) and AnaOno have been providing donated bras to breast cancer patients in need in an effort to ease some of the financial strain many breast cancer patients face through our Never Alone series. PWA is a breast cancer non-profit founded by a breast cancer survivor. This is just one of many financial aid programs PWA spearheads, so if you’re in need of aid in addition to mastectomy bras such as chemo care kits, medical bills, and more, check out all of their services,  here

    Keep reading as  AnaOno reveals how to fully-covered or free mastectomy bras.

    How to Receive Free Bras for Breast Cancer Survivors & Patients

    Powered by PWA, the  sponsored bra program with AnaOno helps women in need get comfortable bras post-surgery free of charge. 

    We know first-hand that the cost of cancer is high and can put you under a lot of financial strain, so oftentimes, finding a comfortable bra gets put on the back-burner. We are firm believers, however, that having a comfortable mastectomy bra not only helps you heal mentally but physically, as well. Please note that sponsored bras are available to U.S. residents only and are for people who are in financial distress and going through difficult recoveries. 

    To receive a free bra thanks to the sponsored bra program, all you need to do is:

    1. Fill out the application form, found  here.
    2. Submit the form
    3. We will reach out to you as soon as we are able to service your request

    If you want to make a donation to Pink Warrior Advocates, you can do so simply by rounding up your purchase to whatever amount you are comfortable with on any one of  AnaOno products. 

    Pink Warrior Advocates Free Bra Program

    Natrelle Inspires Bra- Buy One Get One

    At AnaOno, we’re always looking for ways to continue to support our community, which is why we’ve partnered with  Natrelle Breast Augmentation &  Reconstruction for the  Natrelle Inspires bra to bring beauty (and comfort) into the lives of those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. 

    With every Natrelle Inspires limited-edition bra purchased, a newly diagnosed patient will be gifted an AnaOno bra of their choosing, powered by Natrelle, to help aid in their recovery. By purchasing a bra to support yourself, you’re also supporting others.

    Newly Diagnosed?  

    • Fill out this form to register for a sponsored bra from Natrelle.  Applications will be reviewed and fulfilled as bras become available and on a first-come-first-serve basis.  

    AnaOno Natrelle lace bra

    Things to Know About your Free Mastectomy Bra

    A mastectomy bra is an important aspect of your recovery, so knowing what features you’ll need is essential. Support and comfort are crucial, and other features you’ll want to look out for are:

    • Front Closer:AnaOno bras have easy-to-use front clasps that make putting on and taking off your bra easy after surgery when your mobility is limited.
    • Adjustable Clasps: You may swell after surgery, so AnaOno bras have adjustable clasps so that you can make your bra tighter or looser with ease.
    • Soft Lining and Materials: All of AnaOno’s mastectomy bras are made with modal material it is both incredibly breathable and eco-friendly.
    • Supportive Seams: AnaOno bras feature wide elastic bands which provide great support without being uncomfortable, especially for people who have sensitive incisions. 
    • Pockets: You’ll want a mastectomy bra with pockets sewn into the inside cup to keep a breast form in place should you need them. AnaOno’s built in pockets allow your prosthesis to be secure and look natural. 

    You should also have your mastectomy bra fitted professionally, so be sure to reach out to us at cs@anaono.com to schedule a fitting with one of our experts!

    Does Health Insurance Cover Mastectomy Bras?

    Mastectomy bras should be reimbursed since you had surgery as part of your cancer treatment, and you might be able to get a discount or full coverage from your insurance company if you have a prescription from your doctor. Check your Eligibility coverage  HERE.

    If you have insurance, ask your breast surgeon, medical oncologist, or plastic surgeon about local places that offer bra fittings and post-mastectomy garments. Please contact AnaOno if you need help with your itemized receipt at cs@anaono.com. 

    Does Medicare Cover Mastectomy Bras?

    Regardless of when you had surgery, Medicare partially reimburses you for mastectomy bras and post-surgery camisoles. It's a good idea to talk to your doctor about mastectomy bras, and a lot of boutiques and companies, like AnaOno, will actually help you submit your insurance claim. Once you file your claim, companies will only charge you a deductible or copay after your insurance settles.

    Last but not least, AnaOno also has post-surgery bras, breast forms, and other products that are available to people who have had a single or double mastectomy (with or without construction) that may be covered by your insurance from a prescription from your doctor. Our insurance experts at AnaOno will be happy to work with you to see what products of ours can be partially or fully covered. Fill out our form,  here.

     

    Dana Donofree

    Dana Donofree

    Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.