In 1999 when Shaney jo Darden discovered a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, she set out to make a difference in a way that honored her friend's passion: art. As a result, Keep A Breast was born as a unique art concept developed to showcase the physical and emotional challenges of breast cancer. Shaney enlisted a group of female volunteers, and wrapped their upper torsos in strips of plaster-soaked gauze. Once hardened and removed, these white plaster forms were distributed to Modart artists like Shepard Fairey, to be used as blank canvases. In that moment, Shaney sparked a new conversation about breast cancer; one that was unique, creative, and relevant to young people.
It wasn't just how Shaney engaged people, it is what she has engaged them with: prevention. While being deeply invested in finding a cure, she is helping young women make everyday choices that give them the best opportunity to beat cancer. For example, street art all over the world is inspiring young people to join the "Non-Toxic Revolution," a movement what warns against the dangers of toxic chemicals in their environment and food supply—especially those linked to the initiation of breast cancer.
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About The Keep A Breast Foundation:
The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is the leading youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization. Our mission is to eradicate breast cancer for future generations. We provide support programs for young people impacted by cancer and educate people about prevention, early detection, and cancer-causing toxins in our everyday environment.
The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is headquartered in the United States as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. We are supported in fulfilling our mission by international partners Keep A Breast Canada, Keep A Breast Europe, and Keep A Breast Japan.