Birdie's Closet Bracelets
Birdie's Closet, a one-of-a-kind project, opened on June 4, 2008, inside the Women's Imaging Center at Indiana Regional Medical Center. The Closet was created to offer patients supplies to help them cope with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments.
The Closet provides a place for women to try on and get fitted for hats, wigs, makeup, prostheses, bras and camisoles and serves as a haven to women to ask questions and obtain information. The goal of the Closet is to not only provide accessories to enhance physical beauty, but also enhance an individual's sense of survivorship.
Healing involves more than medicine, and the closet resource is a unique approach at Indiana Regional Medical Center to create a refuge where women may explore new looks within the safety and familiarity of the center working with a member of the Women's Imaging Center staff.
Custom-design bracelets with colored crystals representing the various types of cancer are now available for sale to help fund supplies in Birdie's Closet in the M. Dorcas Clark, MD, Women's Imaging Center. The bracelets were designed by Carol Hintemeyer, daughter-in-law of Birdie, and are available in two styles.
The Birdie's Closet Bracelet is a tennis bracelet style that has 15 colored crystals representing all types of cancer. The Color For The Cure bracelet represents one cancer type (one color) with three hand blown glass beads that are accented with Bali Silver. Both styles are beautiful and can be purchased for yourself or as a gift for someone who has been diagnosed.
Both bracelets are priced at $32 and can be purchased via cash, check, credit card, payroll deduction (IRMC employees only) or online.
- Pink: Breast Cancer.
- Light Blue: Prostate Cancer.
- Teal: Ovarian/Uterine Cancer.
- Gold: Childhood Cancers.
- Grey: Brain Cancer.
- Green: Kidney Cancer.
- Dark Blue: Colon Cancer.
- Yellow: Liver Cancer.
- Purple: Pancreatic Cancer.
- Black: Melanoma (Skin Cancer).
- Orange: Leukemia.
- Periwinkle: Stomach Cancer.
- Lime Green: Lymphoma.
- White: Lung Cancer.
- Lavender: General Cancer Awareness.
To get your bracelet, contact the Indiana Healthcare Foundation.
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