The Power Of Love (for the Girls)

Fun Mother/Older Daughter things to do: 

  • Go out to lunch
  • Take a weekend trip
  • Join a book club
  • Petition Victoria’s Secret to create a line of bras for mastectomy survivors.

Wait … what? Yes, indeed. That last item is exactly what 27-year-old Allana Maiden and her mother, Debbie Barrett, recently did together.

After years of watching her mom’s “discouraging, time consuming and frustrating ordeal” to find a good fitting, pretty bra following her mastectomy, Allana decided to shake things up. So she started a petition on Change.Org asking Victoria’s Secret to launch a line of “Survivor bras” and quickly gained 118,000 signatures. 

Then, much to Maiden’s surprise, Victoria’s Secret reached out and invited her and her mom to come to New York and meet with Tammy Roberts Myers, Vice President of External Communications for VS’s parent company Limited Brands. Myers liked the idea so much that she took the next step. Allana and her mom were sent off to go bra shopping with with a Victoria’s Secret research team so they could see first hand what bra shopping was like for a mastectomy survivor.

It looks like a victory for Allana and Debbie and that Victoria’s Secret is on it to make their dream a reality. What a testimony to the power present in one daughter’s love and compassion for her mom. The results will spill over and benefit not only her own mother, but millions more! A true Valentine’s Day story if ever there was one!

You can view the original petition here!

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


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