3D tattoo artist keynotes reconstruction event at UC
The UC Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Center is hosting an event Oct. 16 for Breast Reconstruction Day to detail options available for patients. Medical tattoo artist Beth Fairchild will share her story.
The UC Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Center and the UC Divisions of Surgical Oncology and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery will hold a reception celebrating National Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, first floor auditorium, 3113 Bellevue Ave.
The event, aimed at women who have undergone mastectomy and breast reconstruction or have questions, will offer a chance for attendees along with their friends and families to learn more about options for breast reconstruction, interact with breast cancer and reconstruction support groups, enjoy light refreshments and enter a free basket giveaway.
Beth Fairchild, medical tattooist and president of support group METAvivor, is also a metastatic breast cancer patient. She will be the keynote speaker and will deliver a talk titled “Medical Tattooing and the Art of 3D Areola Nipple Tattoos” from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
In 2014, at the age of 34, Fairchild was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer; her mother had been previously been diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer, and her grandmother had passed away from the disease. Empowered by her diagnosis, and in an attempt to further educate on metastatic breast cancer, Fairchild started Stomp Out BC Monday, using the hashtag #DontIgnoreStageIV, which connected her to METAvivor — a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of advanced breast cancer and equity in research and patient support.
She now works in the tattoo industry and owns five studios with her husband, where she specializes in 3D areola tattoos for women who have undergone mastectomy.
“We’re delighted to have this incredible activist and survivor on campus to share her story and inspire women in our community,” says Dr. Elyse Lower, professor of oncology at UC, director of the UC Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Center and a UC Health oncologist. “This evening of learning offers an opportunity for women to come together and shed light on a topic that isn’t often widely discussed. We truly hope this event will empower women to make the best decision for them and enhance their understanding of what is available.”