Stand Tall AFC is a campaign to de-stigmatize the loss of one or both breasts to cancer by promoting aesthetic flat closure (AFC) and body positivity at public events.
Stand Tall AFC is a call to action for women who are flat after mastectomy to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) events this October. Breastless and one-breasted women have the power to attract attention, redefine femininity and ignite conversations about body positivity and aesthetic flat closure (AFC)! Unified flat visibility at local, regional and international Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) events is vital to promote AFC as an equal option to breast mound reconstruction.
Flat advocates Renee Ridgeley (founder Less Than Two Breasts) and Stacey Sigman (founder Flat Retreat) created the inaugural Stand Tall AFC campaign in 2021, and have partnered with Kimberly Bowles (founder Not Putting On A Shirt) for future campaigns. The Simpsons television show’s groundbreaking single-breasted character Dr. Wendy Sage became the mascot for Stand Tall AFC upon her October premier!
“Hi, my name is Dr. Wendy Sage… my breast cancer sisters just call me Sage.
I’m a hypnotherapist and I help people transform negative ideas about themselves into appreciation and self-respect.
I like crystals, candles, indoor plants and my one remaining boob. Living out loud as a one-breasted woman is an opportunity to celebrate survivorship and honor my body for all it endured during treatment.
When faced with mastectomy, I rejected the idea that people would see my one-breasted self as shameful, ugly, “not finished” with treatment, or less feminine. I am none of those. In fact, I feel proud, smokin’ hot, and whole.
A boob is a small price to pay for more time on this amazing planet.” @LessThanTwoBreasts (IG)
How It Works
Stand Tall is carried out by “Ambassadors” across the nation and beyond. Ambassadors are women willing to take action during the annual October campaign who build teams and register at local BCAM events of their choice. Registered teams receive Stand Tall AFC toolkits and t-shirts to wear at BCAM events. The team’s presence and voices at these mainstream awareness events promotes awareness of “going flat” (AFC) as a valid reconstructive choice, highlights the benefits of AFC, and helps keep the overall message focused on embracing women’s health.
With open arms, we welcome you! Let’s Stand Tall this October for women’s health and Aesthetic Flat Closure.
Register here to receive your Stand Tall AFC toolkit and start building your team today!
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