Episode 197: Keep A Breast Foundation – Shaney Jo Darden

This week’s episode of The 1 Girl Revolution Podcast features Shaney Jo Darden, founder of Keep A Breast Foundation – a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing breast cancer risk and its impact globally through art, education, prevention, and action. 

In 1999, Shaney Jo Darden discovered a close friend had been diagnosed with breast cancer and she wanted to do something to help and she realized that she could make a difference in a way that honored her friend’s passion: art. As a result, Keep A Breast was born as a unique art concept that was developed to showcase the physical and emotional challenges of breast cancer. The result was a series of customized breast casts.

In 2000, the first breast casts were officially showcased in an exhibition called “Keep A Breast.” It featured casts of pro-female snowboarders, painted by artists like Shepard Fairey and Ed Templeton. This signaled a shift toward an arts-oriented breast cancer awareness organization with a new mantra: Art. Education. Prevention. Action.

Since then, Keep A Breast has grown and evolved and now has many programs within the organization. Their programs include Check Yourself (Digestible breast health education through printed materials, blogs and our KAB app.); the Keep A Breast App (A free, breast self-check app helps guide you through your monthly check and can connect you with health professionals.); Fit 4 Prevention (A national movement to educate about breast cancer prevention through fitness and wellness.); Keep A Breast Give Back Grant (Directly supporting BIPOC women who are breast cancer survivors or who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.); Treasured Chest Program (Where artistry meets therapy. TCP is designed to create a safe space that allows our castees to confront both physical and emotional changes that a breast cancer diagnosis brings.); Non Toxic Revolution (Informing, educating and inspiring young people to avoid toxic chemicals in their environment and food supply—especially those linked to the initiation of breast cancer.); and their most recent program, which Shaney Jo talked about for the first time (EXCLUSIVE!!!) Keep A Breast Valley (Boutique Wellness Center is being designed as a desert community that will provide the space and tools for visitors to explore and nurture individual and collective wellness.)

Shaney Jo’s story is so inspiring and the work that Keep A Breast does to empower women and support our sisters through their cancer journey is incredible. You don’t want to miss this episode.

In this episode, you’ll hear: 

  • Shaney Jo’s inspiring life story;
  • How she got into art, fashion, and design;
  • The story of how Keep A Breast came to be and her personal connection to breast cancer (through a friend’s cancer journey);
  • How Keep A Breast has grown and evolved and stories of women they have helped through the years;
  • AN EXCLUSIVE: Shaney shares about a new facet of their work – a wellness center for those going through cancer and cancer survivors; 
  • And so much more.

The 1 Girl Revolution Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, YouTube, and everywhere you listen to podcasts. 

For more information on Keep A Breast Foundation, please visit Keep A Breast’s website.
Follow Keep A Breast Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Support Keep A Breast and the women they support by bidding on their casts between now and November 4th: https://bidddy.com/p/events/kabxfall

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Episode 216: St. Francis Ministries and St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Uganda – Rannah

This week on The 1 Girl Revolution Podcast we welcome our friend Rannah to the show, founder of St. Francis Ministries + the St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Uganda. You may be familiar with Rannah and her work because we’ve covered her through the years, but this is a powerful, inspiring, and in-depth look into how Rannah decided to go to Uganda and how St. Francis Ministries and the St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Uganda came to be. 

The 1 Girl Revolution Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, YouTube, and everywhere you listen to podcasts.

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