Medical aesthetics company Sientra, headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif, announces the recipients of its inaugural FULL CIRCLE grant program.

During the month of October, proceeds from a portion of each Sientra breast tissue expander sold in 2018 will be dispersed among eight US-based, nonprofit breast cancer organizations with missions to support breast cancer aid, research, patient outreach, advocacy, and/or prevention.

Sientra FULL CIRCLE is charitable program to support nonprofits in the breast cancer community that are committed to making a meaningful difference. Sientra donates $25 from every OPUS breast tissue expander sold to create the FULL CIRCLE fund.

The Sientra FULL CIRCLE Steering Committee, comprised of an independent team of board-certified plastic surgeons, reviewed more than 25 grant applications. The following eight recipients were selected based on their commitment to building a brighter future for the breast cancer community, demonstrated by their existing programs and initiatives, according to a media release from the company.

  1. Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program: Funds provide information for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer, their families, and practitioners through breast cancer forums.
  2. Breast Cancer Angels: Funds will help cover non-medical living expenses for individuals undergoing breast cancer treatments.
  3. Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County: Funds will help cover non-medical living expenses for breast cancer patients undergoing breast reconstruction.
  4. Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara: Funds will help cover costs of support services, such as patient navigation and peer counseling services.
  5. Breast Care for Washington: Funds will help cover the cost of 3D mammography for uninsured women.
  6. Jill’s Wish Foundation: Funds will help cover non-medical living expenses for patients with newly-diagnosed or terminal breast cancer.
  7. Sharsheret: Funds will provide peer support, patient navigation, and cancer prevention genetics information.
  8. Integrated Breast Center at St. John’s: Funds will increase awareness of its new cancer center and support new programs for breast cancer patients.

“As a plastic surgeon who treats breast reconstruction patients, Sientra’s generous investment will allow us to better support our patients, and their families, with the care and resources they need during treatment and recovery,” says Dr Lynn Jeffers, medical director of St. John’s Breast Center, in the release.

“We are honored to be recognized and selected for our work and will use this funding to serve our patients and community.”

[Source(s): Sientra, PR Newswire]