Strava Calls On Users To Create GPS Art In Support Of BRA Day 2022

Strava Calls On Users To Create GPS Art In Support Of BRA Day 2022

Strava users will be able to share GPS art in support of BRA Day 2022 (Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day) on Instagram to help raise awareness and promote BRA Day on October 19.

The aptly named @bravaartoffical Instagram page, created by patient advocate Luan Lawrenson-Woods, encourages Australians to use Strava (the free digital exercise app) to exercise along a route, making GPS ‘art’ – known as Strava Art – that visually represents BRA Day. Ideas and inspiration for BRA-va Art designs will be promoted via @bravaartoffical using graphics.

Luan Lawrenson-Woods, patient advocate and avid BRA Day supporter said her breast cancer diagnosis was devastating and in the mental shock that followed her diagnosis she was overwhelmed with information about different treatments and surgeries.

Lawrenson-Woods said: “Reconstruction was a part of my treatment plan, but in the beginning, I was unaware of all the surgical options available to me, so initiatives like BRA Day are essential to help women make informed choices at such a difficult period of their lives.

“After surgery exercise became my lifeline. I found peace walking around Sydney Harbour with friends, plus it was great for my physical and mental wellbeing. BRA-va Art is a fun way to to put BRA Day on the map, bringing together my love of walking with my passion for raising awareness of breast reconstruction and letting women know there are reconstruction options they can talk to their team about.

“We want people to have some fun with BRA-va Art and use their imagination… ‘draw’ simple circles, love hearts or smiley faces or even some letters for BRA Day – anything really – and then share drawings to Instagram and tag @bravaartoffical and spread the message.  I’d love it if we could get 1000 followers on Instagram this year to help us draw attention to BRA day.

“This is the first time in Australia that Strava Art has been used in this way and we are so excited about the possibilities it presents to pave the way for growing the campaign in future years.”

As well as shared BRA-va Art designs, the Instagram feed will regularly post content to engage the breast cancer community, including stories of women who have had breast reconstruction to further raise awareness of breast reconstruction options available to Australian women.

The reality is 1 in 7 Australian women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Approximately 40 per cent will have a mastectomy. What many of these women are unaware of are the different reconstruction options available after mastectomy that you can talk to your medical team about so they decide what’s right for them.

Associate Professor Nicola Dean, president, Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) said initiatives like BRA Day highlighted the importance of raising further awareness about breast reconstruction options, and she considered the BRA-va Art campaign a simple and effective way to stimulate discussion.

“Offering breast reconstruction is in principle promoted as the standard of care in Australia, although anecdotally not all women receive the information they need regarding breast reconstruction options available to them,” said Dr Dean.

“We need to continue to raise awareness of reconstruction options and open up communication channels between the patient and their specialist plastic surgeon so they are offered the best care available for their situation.”

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