Well Being

Petition Seeks Sexy, Comfy Breast Cancer Survivor Bra

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I used to sign a ton of petitions, but then I realized I was getting about 8 million more in my inbox as a result. So, I unsubscribed to most of the websites that sent me requests to sign and only left a couple with my email address. Once in a while, I still receive a few petitions, and this was the one I saw yesterday and am so happy I received: a woman's desire to have Victoria's Secret create a breast cancer bra for survivors who are looking for something comfortable and pretty to wear.

A woman named Alanna Maiden, 27, started the petition because she saw that her mother, a breast cancer survivor, had very few options on comfortable garments to wear after a single mastectomy.

“I started the petition because I wanted to give something back to my mom and to other breast cancer survivors. My mom had a single mastectomy when I was just 6 years old and since then I've seen her struggle with finding mastectomy bras that fit properly, that are flattering and that look nice. She lives in a rural area and has to drive an hour and a half to get to a specialty store that carries them.”

She says she wants every survivor to feel beautiful, and that she specifically chose Victoria's Secret because they're everywhere and women would have an easy time accessing their products if they were to come out with a breast cancer bra.

Victoria's Secret stores are located all across America and the sales women are always helpful with fittings. The designs are beautiful and can do wonders to boost a woman's self esteem, which is definitely needed after a life-changing experience like breast cancer and major surgery.

Victoria's Secret's parent company says “With a workforce and a customer base that are more than 90 percent female, breast cancer is an issue close to many of us.” Join me in asking Victoria's Secret to show they care by helping breast cancer survivors feel beautiful with “Survivor” bras.

Sadly, lingerie for unique needs is necessary to create — as in, I wish there were no need for women to have mastectomies and go through cancer treatment — but they are needed nonetheless. For Victoria's Secret to somehow go along with this would be surprising, but extremely assuring that the company itself is listening to some serious, intelligent ideas. As of right now, there are over 100,000 signatures, so we'll just have to see how far that takes this.

Photo: Allana Maiden