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MTF Supports Third-Annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day USA

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – To promote the awareness and education of breast reconstruction post-mastectomy and lumpectomy options, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) are proud to announce that that MTF, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, is the Premium sponsor of Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day USA, Oct.15, 2014.

"The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgery Foundation are proud to be promoting our third Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day and pleased to have partnered with MTF as the 2014 Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day Premium Sponsor," noted Kevin Chung, MD, President of The Plastic Surgery Foundation. "Working collaboratively with our sponsors, we are able to reach more lives and have a greater impact year-over-year in the effort to educate patients who have experienced breast cancer on their reconstruction options."

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day USA is an initiative designed to promote education, awareness and access to breast reconstruction surgery following cancer care, should the patient sand her physician choose reconstruction as an appropriate option. Breast reconstruction may be part of the continuum of care for breast cancer patients, though many women are not aware of their options. As the Premium sponsor of Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day USA, MTF is calling attention to this deficit and taking a leading role in spurring change.

"MTF is honored to contribute to Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day USA. We understand the need for more education surrounding reconstruction options considering 7 out of 10 women are not aware of these choices," explained Bruce Stroever, President and CEO of MTF. "At MTF we have been providing tissue grafts for transplant for more than 25 years and we understand the impact that reconstructive surgery can have on people's lives. This campaign and partnership with ASPS and The PSF is a perfect alignment with our mission and core values."

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.

About The PSF

The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF), founded in 1948, supports research, international volunteer programs and visiting professor programs. The foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life of patients through research and development. The PSF accomplishes its mission by providing invaluable support to the research of plastic surgery sciences through a variety of grant programs. The PSF works in concert with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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