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St. Louis Local, Two-Time Breast Cancer Survivor Receives Courage Award

Honored at American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting

CHICAGO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Missy Fish, a St. Louis native, two-time breast cancer survivor and humanitarian whose fundraisers have raised more than $700,000 for breast cancer research, will be the proud recipient of the 2008 Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity Award, at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2008 conference, Saturday, November 1, in Chicago.

The Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity program honors reconstructive plastic surgery patients, nominated by their ASPS Member Surgeons, whose lives were restored through reconstructive plastic surgery and whose charitable actions influence and benefit the lives around them. The award is supported by Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company.

"Missy Fish and the CELEBRATE events she created are an inspiration to thousands of people in the St. Louis area," said Keith Brandt, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon. "She has been able to do this all because she refused to let breast cancer be a negative in her life."

Missy Fish was diagnosed with breast cancer in her left breast in 1991. She had a mastectomy and immediate reconstruction with tissue from her buttocks. In 2005, she was diagnosed with cancer again, this time in the right breast. She chose a mastectomy and immediate reconstruction with a TRAM flap.

After recovering from her first reconstruction, Fish, an avid fitness enthusiast, decided to create an event celebrating the connection between women's fitness and their health. Fish's CELEBRATE FITNESS workshop was born. The annual event has grown into an impressive fundraiser with more than 1,200 attendees in 2008, raising more than $700,000 for the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University and supports the Young Women's Breast Cancer Program. Fish created a second event, CELEBRATE SPOT, which is a "walk for dogs and their people."

"Breast cancer and reconstruction can be devastating, but with the right attitude and support you can make it through your diagnosis and treatment and move on with your life, actually taking something positive from an extremely trying time," said Missy Fish, award recipient.

More than 57,000 women underwent breast reconstruction procedures in 2007.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 6,700 physician members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

SOURCE American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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