Dream Comes True for Alaskan Breast Cancer Survivor Right Before Christmas

​My Hope Chest, Angel Flight West & Bel-Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery are all contributors to the fulfillment of a dream of reconstructive surgery come true with My Hope Chest’s latest recipient, Carleen Hobbs.

Carleen was diagnosed with stage 3, grade 3 breast cancer at age 30 while being seven months pregnant with her fifth child.  Not only did she have her own uncertain future, she had to think about her unborn as well.  At 9am on the morning of December 15th, her dream will come true as she will have traveled from her isolated small town of Nome, Alaska (population 3,788) via Angel Flight West to Bel-Red Surgery Center for Aesthetic Surgery in Bellevue, Washington.

“I thank God every day of my life and that I get to continue a while longer as a wife and Mommy,” Carleen states.  Prosthetics make her back ache as she is constantly shielding her breastbone from the lively hugs she loves so much.  “I am so grateful to be alive and I can live as I am. I also grieve so often, it’s like two sides of a coin.  It would be nice to wear lingerie and pretty bras and no longer be the only breastless woman at Zumba.”  Carleen also states she is more nervous about leaving behind her 5 tykes at home while having surgery more so than the surgery itself.

Founder and CEO of My Hope Chest, Alisa Savoretti (herself a cancer survivor) said, “An estimated 22,000 women a year lose their breasts and are uninsured or under insured. The good news today…there is hope for survivors who have no insurance. My Hope Chest has changed lives and is diligent to continue our mission to heal more survivors every year.”

Dr. Jan Zemplenyi has provided the highest level of care in cosmetic surgery since 1989.  With years of specialty and sub-specialty training, he is triple-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Angel Flight West, since 1983, has completed 54,000 missions that links volunteer pilots in private aircraft and commercial airline partners with people in need whose health care and other circumstances require them travel to and from facilities to access services.  Angel Flight West caters to 13 western states including Alaska and Hawaii.  All flights are donated as there is never a charge for an Angel Flight mission.

For more information or to donate: 
Please visit https://www.myhopechest.org/ or call (727) 488-0320.

About My Hope Chest:

Established in 2003, My Hope Chest is the only national 501(c)(3) social service organization focused on reconstructive surgery for uninsured and under insured breast cancer survivors. We are moved to ACT and our goal is to heal and provide closure to the breast cancer journey. By enabling those who desire reconstruction to have it, My Hope Chest works to help all survivors return to a “new” normal with feelings of hope, self-worth and completeness. For more information about My Hope Chest please visit www.myhopechest.org.

For more information about Angel Flight West, visit http://www.angelflightwest.org and contact Cheri Cimmarrusti, Associate Executive Director, at 310-390-2958 or email at cheric@angelflightwest.org

For more information about Bel-Red Surgery Center and Dr. Jan Zemplenyi, please visit http:www.belredcosmeticsurgery.com

Follow Carleen’s journey at http://www.soulsearching.us

For more information, contact:

Jody Shelton, Universal Media Group

Source: My Hope Chest