Jackie Stephen is a breast cancer survivor who is now giving other women support and hope through her new charity, the Winnipeg Free Press
Stephen founded Keeping Abreast, an organization that works with alongside surgeons in Winnipeg, Canada, to provide women who have had mastectomies with immediate breast reconstruction, a procedure that is not often available to women as a unified surgery outside of the province of Manitoba.
"It allowed me to feel whole again and certainly made a difference for me getting past the horror of having cancer," she told the news provider.
The combined mastectomy and reconstruction is a rare practice. It is not often performed together, with most surgeons choosing to conduct the mastectomy first, and then waiting for the patient to heal and undergo further treatments before doing the reconstruction.
Stephen's organization also provides cutting-edge equipment, education, and resources for the team of surgeons who perform the procedures.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today.