Plastic Surgery Foundation Awards Grant


My Hope Chest Receives $15,000 for Surgery Support



The Charitable Care Grant from the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), awards up to $15,000 to US-based tax-exempt public 501(c)(3) charities that have demonstrated a track record of providing effective breast reconstruction surgery charity care.

My Hope Chest is truly grateful to receive this honor and the $15,000 contribution to help our breast reconstruction program.  We estimate a full reconstruction at $13,500, at a Medicaid rate, for the 3 surgeries that encompass a reconstructed breast. As the ONLY National charity focused on providing FREE breast reconstruction surgery for those who qualify, we are thrilled to have a funding source directly related to our mission!

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Oprah Honors My Hope Chest Founder

Why does Oprah Like My Hope Chest?

There is BIG NEWS at the My Hope Chest camp!

Things are moving UP for My Hope Chest in a very big way.  In the October, 2012, issue of “O” The Oprah Magazine, My Hope Chest Founder, Alisa Savoretti is honored in their “Breast Cancer Heroes” section … Read below for yourself!


Breast Cancer Heroes

Meet three spectacular women who are making a difference in ways as unique as they are.
By: Dana Hudepohl and Sushma Subramanian

Alisa Savoretti

Seminole, Florida

When Savoretti found a lump in her breast in 2001, she was 38 and uninsured. After Medicaid turned her down, a social services program helped her pay for a mastectomy and chemotherapy, but not reconstructive surgery. Desperate for insurance and money to pay her mounting bills, Savoretti returned to her former career as a professional dancer in Las Vegas, billing herself as the Lopsided Showgirl to raise awareness of her plight. “It helped—a lot—to have a sense of humor,” she says. “When I finally got my reconstruction, I named my girls Zsa Zsa and Eva.”

In 2003 Savoretti founded a nonprofit called My Hope Chest, to assist other patients in paying for reconstructive surgery, a procedure that can cost more than $50,000. While struggling to get her organization off the ground, she made ends meet by working a series of jobs (nanny, deli clerk, gardener); during her breaks she worked the phones to organize fund-raisers and set up pro bono operations. Nine years later, My Hope Chest has transformed the lives of nine breast cancer survivors, and five more surgeries are scheduled for this year. “We’ve served only a handful of patients to date,” says Scott Sullivan, MD, a volunteer surgeon, “but each one has gained a new sense of hope.”

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