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April 11, 2006 > A Celebration of Women: Body & Soul

A Celebration of Women: Body & Soul

by Pushpa Warrier

"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform."
Diane Mariechild

Eleven years ago, Dr. Patricia J. McMahon, an expert in Science and Spirituality, embarked on a mission to do something special for women. From her garage in Fremont, she created 'Bras for Body & Soul', a shop specializing in fitting bras for women who had had mastectomies. Word got around and friends asked if she could get other types of hard-to-find bras. The answer was an emphatic 'yes' and today, 'Bras for Body & Soul' is more than a brassiere shop, it is a place where a woman can learn how to feel good in her own skin.

Shelves and racks of brightly colored bathing suits, scarves, hats, bathrobes and candles (just to name a few of the treasures) help visitors understand that this shop is dedicated to the spirit of woman.

Cancer survivors, initially the store's target client, are often surprised at the bright, pleasant feel of the shop. Here, women can shop for custom fit bras, prostheses and even wigs in the privacy and luxury of a boutique. After experiencing the devastation of breast cancer, said McMahon, a woman is entitled to a normal shopping experience. She is determined to teach women that bras should conform to their body shape not the other way around.

The shop, decorated in a sunny art-deco style, is located inside Washington Hospital West. McMahon's father was a founding member of Washington Hospital and she continues his legacy of innovative health care.

Committed to women's health and wellness, 'Bras for Body & Soul' founded 'HERS Breast Cancer Foundation,' a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of and educating the public about breast cancer. Renowned artist, Laurel Burch, known best for her colorful, symmetrical cats, is an avid supporter of the foundation, even giving it one of her pieces to use as its logo.

"Our theme this year: 'One Woman, Many Women, One World,' was inspired by one of last year's participants," said Dr. Patricia J. McMahon, Co-Founder & President. "The goal of our annual conference is that it will be an experience of care and inspiration, whatever each woman's journey holds, for each has a profound impact on one another and the earth. Last year, Laurel Burch shared with us that 'the soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.' Our women's conference is a valuable time for women to hear, and to share, stories of both laughter and tears so that we each come away with newfound wisdom, healing and grace for our daily lives. Humorist Terri Tate, RN, MS will be back by popular demand, along with Author Brenda Kinsel and many more phenomenal women."

"This year we added an Evening Benefit Concert per the enthusiasm of Wayne and Sue Brask who have been hosting 'house concerts' for more than ten years. As committee chairs, Wayne and Sue have put together a fabulous concert that men, women and youth will enjoy," said an enthusiastic McMahon.

Tickets may be purchased for either event or buy tickets to both events and save!

Proceeds of the Conference and Concert benefit outreach services of HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of women, girls and families, especially women facing breast cancer.
or call
(510) 790-1911
Tricia J. McMahon
Co-Founder and President

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