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Utah Clothing Company Creates Swimsuits for Breast Cancer Survivors

SALT LAKE CITY – Breast cancer survivors and sisters in Utah will launch a line of swimwear for women who have had surgery.

Clothing company Lime Ricki is known for sewing bra pads into its swimsuits, but the designers intentionally kept small side slits open for customization.

“We wanted something pink,” said Colette Callister, co-owner of Lime Ricki.

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this project is timely.

“We have two wetsuit suits that we put together that are suitable for mastectomy,” said Jennifer Anderson, Lime Ricki’s other co-owner.

“The bra pad we provide can be taken off, or if you need to put on your own prosthesis, you can do that,” said Nicole Bruderer, a swimwear designer.

The three women behind the swimwear line are sisters and responsible for the swimwear line, and they’ve had their own cancer journeys.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 21,” Bruderer explained, “it brings back a lot of emotions for me.”

She would be diagnosed twice more, while her sister, Andreson, would also be diagnosed.

“I had stage 3c ovarian cancer ten years ago,” Andreson added.

Meanwhile, Callister must have seen her sisters go through some tough times.

“My story is being the witness,” she said.

She had to witness big and small changes in their body and mind.

“You have to get to know yourself again,” Bruderer said.

Women who model their passion project know how it feels.

“I had a double mastectomy a month ago,” said Courtney Hilburn, model for the project and mother of four. “I still can’t lift two.”

She said cancer and her surgeries had set her back.

“You look in the mirror, and you’re like, huh, that’s not what I looked like,” Hilburn said.

Staring at her in this photoshoot is a resilient woman, but her life has been turned upside down.

“The extensors hurt and it’s hard to sleep,” Hilburn said. “The scars are really gnarly.”

But she has comfort and coverage, because the women here are on the same path.

“They’re beautiful regardless of their body, and we celebrate that,” Callister said.

The swimsuits will go on sale next week and a portion of the sales will be donated to breast cancer charities. If you want to look at their swimsuits, you can go to Lime Ricki’s site.