In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in recognition of
“Make a Difference Day” on Oct. 26, the Ponchatoula Gardenettes
donated “Bosom Buddy Bags” to North Oaks Medical Center for
breast cancer surgery patients.
The Gardenettes sewed 54 of the fabric bags, which are designed to hold
drainage bottles in place during recovery.
The original bag was designed by a breast cancer surgery patient as a practical,
hands-free way to manage the drainage bottles during recovery and to complete
activities of daily living, like brushing her teeth, eating and dressing.
In 2010, Deep South Region National Garden Club Members in Alabama, Florida,
Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee adopted the original design
and began making the bags for surgery centers to help other breast cancer
surgery patients. The Deep South Region now recognizes the Bosom Buddy
Bag project as an extension of the National Garden Club’s "Plant
It Pink" initiative for breast cancer awareness.