Breast Cancer Survivors Rally Around New “Breast Cancer Pirates” Peer Support Group Formed by Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie

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Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie, an online and Colorado store that specializes in bras and fine lingerie, founded a Colorado-based peer-to-peer support group that pairs a breast cancer survivor with a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient. The program is called Breast Cancer Pirates, inspired by a breast cancer patient who bravely wore a pirate costume during her chemo treatments.

I believe that Breast Cancer Pirates will help these amazingly strong women find support, encouragement and empathy as they face a challenging time in their lives. We want to arm them with the support they’ll need to steal their lives back.

The founder of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie, Alicia Vargo, has been an active businesswoman in Colorado’s breast cancer community for nearly a decade. A few months ago she visited the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and noticed a woman in the entry way waiting for her chemo treatment.

Vargo was curious and inquired about the costume. She learned that Tana Pittman of Parker, Colorado, was trying to “steal her life back” as she patiently waited for her next chemo treatment. Yes, Pittman always wore her pirate costume during chemo to make a statement – and boy did she!

Pittman and Vargo got talking and came up with the idea to help other breast cancer patients and survivors steal their lives back too. Vargo rallied support in Colorado’s breast cancer community to start a peer-to-peer support group where she pairs a breast cancer survivor with a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient. The two women could then share stories and support each other in a unique one-on-one setting.

“I was surprised to learn that there weren’t any peer-to-peer breast cancer support groups in Colorado – that’s why I decided to start one,” says Vargo. “I believe that Breast Cancer Pirates will help these amazingly strong women find support, encouragement and empathy as they face a challenging time in their lives. We want to arm them with the support they’ll need to steal their lives back.”

Vargo says she is currently accepting breast cancer survivor volunteers to match with the women being referred to her from various hospitals and clinics across the state. She matches peers based on their diagnosis so they can share stories of survival and courage. She also says she will host monthly parties and activities, as well as events at her Park Meadows store. Each pirate will also be provided with a directory of referral services from the Breast Cancer Task Force of Colorado.

“We don’t want a support group of women sitting around a table sharing their aches and pains like some kind of AA meeting; rather we want them to get one-on-one attention from a newfound friend and the opportunity to celebrate their beautiful lives!” adds Vargo.

Pittman says she is honored to be the inspiration behind Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie’s Breast Cancer Pirate program.

“When I found the lump in my left breast I felt everything anyone does when faced with the uncertainty of cancer: fear, anger, denial, shame, guilt, you name it. However these feelings were quickly replaced with determination to go through the treatment with grace. Dressing up as a pirate for chemo seemed appropriate. I took on the Capt. Jack Sparrow character with zeal, cracking jokes to my oncologist, nurses and other patients. It helped and so will Breast Cancer Pirate program,” she says.

Sky Ridge Medical Center and the American Cancer Society are supporters of the Breast Cancer Pirate initiative as well. To learn more about how to support the Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie Breast Cancer Pirates program, please call Vargo at 720-244-1878 or email her at Alicia(at)pamperedpassions(dot)com.

About Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie
Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie opened its doors in Englewood, Colorado in 2001. Its founder, Alicia Vargo, wanted a lingerie store that not only offered the finest collection of distinctive lingerie fashions, but also a place women could visit to find something that makes them good about themselves in an inviting and encouraging environment. In order to bring her mission to more women, she opened http://www.PamperedPassions.com, an online superstore with all the latest bra and lingerie fashions. In 2009, Vargo was named “Colorado’s Leading Lady” by Ladies Who Launch. Pampered Passions is a four time nominee as the Best Lingerie Store in the USA and a 2010 Bride’s Choice Award™ recipient from WeddingWire.

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