news - Extra Innings for Men in Massachusetts with Breast Cancer – All Star Program

Contact: Maureen Cardinal, A Little Easier Recovery, (978) 689-9326 or



NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (October 1, 2009) - Two non-profit organizations team up in an all-star effort to help men with breast cancer in Massachusetts.

A Little Easier Recovery has received a grant from the Massachusetts affiliate of the breast cancer advocate organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to provide any and every man diagnosed with breast cancer in Massachusetts with an all-star treatment and recovery shirt that restores dignity and provides a uniquely effective alternative to the hospital gown, sometimes referred to as the 'johnnie'.

A Little Easier Recovery is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make life easier for patients dealing with breast cancer. With the help of their sponsors, the organization donates recovery jackets, in lieu of hospital gowns, directly to patients through Massachusetts treatment centers.

The Jack all-star shirt is donated free to any man in Massachusetts with breast cancer to help make all phases of breast cancer treatment and recovery 'a little easier' to endure.

According to the National Cancer Institute data the male incidence of breast cancer is 1% of the female rate of breast cancer and the mortality rate is 1% of the rate of female deaths from breast cancer. Program Director Maureen Cardinal says it is exciting to know that men will benefit through the generosity of the grant. "Very little awareness of men with this disease is out there. However, the treatment is very similar to what women typically endure. We have personally met men going through breast cancer treatment and recovery and they so grateful that this program is now available."

Recovery can be a long road and the all-star shirt called the Jack was designed to help with post-surgical drains, skin sensitivity, ease of dressing and independence. It looks similar to a baseball jersey and its incognito style, but hospital friendly features allows for maximum comfort as well as maximum functionality.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Massachusetts Affiliate has recognized the importance of helping men with breast cancer and is gallantly supporting both awareness and quality of life issues.

The Jack all-star shirt will be distributed through the website, just click on 'Men's Jack Program'.

"We tried to make it as simple and easy as possible for men in Massachusetts with breast cancer to receive a free Jack all-star shirt. Through the generosity of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Massachusetts Affiliate, we were able to implement a viable program that will improve the quality of life for the men in Massachusetts during this traumatic time. We are grateful to be in a position to help." said Cardinal.

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