Last month, Suma Maddox, MD set aside her scrubs to model during the first annual Fleur de Bra. The fundraising event took place during Galatoire's Goes Pink, a fête celebrating local organization's Breastoration's 10-year anniversary.
Breastoration, through the Cancer Association of Louisiana, provides education and financial assistance directly to women requiring breast reconstruction following mastectomies for breast cancer. The organization was founded in 2011 and has helped 223 women afford over 300 procedures throughout the state.
"The mission of Breastoration is to ensure that every woman is told of her surgical and treatment options at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis," Maddox told Adore. "For every $5,000 we raise, we help one woman avoid lifelong disfigurement and receive a specialized surgery she could not otherwise afford."
Maddox became involved last year after graduating from her fellowship in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery which focused on reconstructive breast surgery and aesthetic surgery. Before the fellowship, she was a general and breast cancer surgeon with Ochsner in New Orleans for four years. She resides in New Orleans, but travels weekly to Lake Charles to provide reconstructive services to women of Southwest Louisiana.
"As I watched more and more women my age get diagnosed with breast cancer, my goal with creating Fleur de Bra was to expand the involvement of my age group in the efforts to educate and uplift the women of our city and our state and to somehow return a sense of control to a very uncontrollable, traumatic diagnosis."
Inspired by the local artists of New Orleans and their ability to uplift during times of devastation, Maddox sought to bring a spark of joy to those battling breast cancer. Fleur de Bra was a seated dinner beginning with cocktail hour and featuring many courses and an open bar. The Fleur de Bra krewe (a group of young professionals including Maddox) wore local designer and artist's creations to the event. Each will be auctioned to local hospitals and clinics across the state to further inspire hope in breast cancer patients.
The evening also included a presentation by Breastoration's founder Kim Sport and stories by two patients. Maddox hopes to make Fleur de Bra a standalone event next year and expand the artists and participants to more cities.
The following vendors donated services:
Photography: from Cameron Blake
Hair: was by Gary Bruce
Makeup: Midori Tajiri
Transportation: NOLA Motorcars
Deb Dixon (Lake Charles) of Ides of March Design
Brittany Schall of La Adorna