The final product is an 8-minute film comprised of an intimate, first-person narrative of one patient's experience with cancer and the life cast project, as well as the perspective's of Dr. Israeli and Mollie Sugarman. It surrounds Dr. Israeli's interview with context of his work, which includes scenes of a breast reconstruction and of Dr. Israeli working on the sculptures after doing the original cast.
The film was screened on October 27, 2011 at an event honoring Dr. William Osler, a physician during the turn of the century who is considered the "father of modern medicine," and was known for offering a humanistic approach in his treatment of patients. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive and stirred up a variety of emotions in the audience of breast cancer survivors, their doctors and loved ones. After seeing the film, one woman who had finished her journey and completed reconstruction shared with us that it was the first time she had cried since being diagnosed.
On December 6, 2011, Dr. Israeli and MediaStorm staffer Pam Huling spoke at the LifeCell Corporation headquarters in Branchburg, NJ and screened the film to 200 employees. LifeCell
is the creator of AlloDerm, a revolutionary product that enables plastic surgeons to achieve natural-looking breast reconstruction results using processed human skin. The presentation led to a standing ovation and comments that this was the best corporate Town Hall meeting they had ever had.
Ron Israeli, MD, is a plastic surgeon practicing in Great Neck, New York since 1997. He is regarded as a leading specialist in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction and also studies classical European sculpture techniques under the guidance of master sculptor Kiril Tzotchev.
Dr. Israeli is one of three surgeons of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC
, which provides a range of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeries and houses a Patient Empowerment Program to address the emotional aspect of handling a mastectomy and breast reconstruction.