Operation Bloom: Runnels Foundation targets women at risk for breast cancer


Courtesy of VIP Jackson Magazine, by Katie Eubanks(Condensed)

The word “nonprofit” doesn’t quite do justice to The Runnels Foundation, founded in August by local plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Runnels. He will lose a small but significant part of his practice at the Runnels Center in Flowood if his foundation’s breast-cancer initiative, Operation Bloom, is successful.

Through Operation Bloom, “we are simply taking the best tools we have… into underserved communities so that women at risk will get early, definitive and curative treatment,” Runnels said. Catching the cancer in its early stages will mean fewer mastectomies, which will mean a little less business for Runnels, who specializes in breast reconstruction.

But he will be more than happy to sacrifice some income in order to save lives, says Kathryn Gunter, executive director of the Runnels Foundation. “He has seen so many women come in who’ve had mastectomies and are having reconstructive surgery, and mastectomies aren’t always 100% curative,” she said. “I think that’s why this cause is so close to his heart.”

Operation Bloom will provide professional screening exams and self-breast exam education to people in Jackson, and “we would like to grow and be able to bring this service to as many people as possible in surrounding areas,” Gunter said. The first free screening offered by Operation Bloom was held October 16 at the Jackson Convention Complex, with the help of medical professionals and other volunteers from local hospitals, schools, churches and other organizations.

Operation Bloom is not Dr. Runnels’ first foray into the fight against breast cancer. He had been involved with several breast-cancer fundraisers for over a decade when he realized that a portion of women in Mississippi still weren’t being reached, regardless of how much money the different programs raised. These women were not diagnosed until late stage and had little hope of beating the disease.

Runnels says he thought that larger, well-financed, more organized groups were able to handle everything. But after providing surgical relief in Haiti in January with a team of three nurses, he recognized that it takes individuals to make foundations, and it takes both to make a difference. “With the Foundation’s breast-cancer initiative…we will do more than we did last year and, if we are lucky, have others join us to do more than they did last year,” Runnels said. “And maybe one day not so far from now, we’ll have made a difference in the number of late-stage breast cancers in Mississippi.”

About Runnels:

Runnels Center, Outpatient Plastic Surgery, Clinic & SKIN the Spa, of Jackson Mississippi offers the latest in plastic surgery techniques by Dr. Scott Runnels, board certified surgeon. Surgical procedures include body contouring, liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation and reconstruction with Natrelle breast implants, facial enhancements, and cosmetic fillers such as Botox, Juvéderm, Vollure XC, and Kybella. SKIN the Spa offers custom facials, chemical peels, HydraFacial MD, SkinPen Precision microneedling, Cutera laser treatments, and eyebrow microblading performed by our licensed aestheticians. The Spa also features a wide array of Medical Grade Anti-Aging Skincare products.

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1055 River Oaks Blvd
Flowood, MS 39232
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