Crowds flock to local restaurants to support Dine Out for BRA Day

The Morgantown community was out in force this Wednesday evening at various local restaurants to show support for Dine Out for Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day.

The purpose of BRA Day was to raise awareness of breast reconstruction options available to women following breast cancer surgery.  The event was spearheaded by Cristiane Ueno, MD, of WVU Medicine’s Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery.  WVU Medicine, in conjunction with the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, encouraged local restaurants to participate in BRA Day by donating a percentage of their total receipts to help create a fund at WVU for patient education and assistance to uninsured and underinsured women seeking breast reconstruction.  Eighty percent of the proceeds raised this week will stay in the WVU fund to benefit women in West Virginia, and 20 percent will be donated directly to The Plastic Surgery Foundation’s Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund.  “We don’t know how much money we raised yet, but the turnout was great,” Dr. Ueno said.

Archie’s Lakehouse, which donated 50% of total sales, was packed; the WVU Medicine operating room staff was among the huge crowd at Applebee’s; and the WVU football team dined out at BW3.

“As Betty Puskar said recently, Morgantown is a very participative community, and it is great that we can engage the community to work together for such a great cause,” Ueno said.