Rodizio Grill, the Brazilian Steakhouse, raised $26,355.01 for the Image Reborn Foundation during its annual nationwide fundraiser. Ivan Utrera, president and founder of Rodizio Grill, presented the check to foundation founder, Dr. Renato Saltz and board members during a ceremony held at Rodizio Grill in Salt Lake City.
During October, Rodizio Grill locations nationwide donated 100 percent of proceeds from the restaurant's signature dessert, the Rabanada, to the Image Reborn Foundation.
Image Reborn Foundation provides weekend retreats to breast cancer survivors at no cost to participants.
Image Reborn was founded by plastic surgeon Dr. Saltz, president-elect of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and past-president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
"We put these women through all of the treatments and surgeries that fix their bodies, but find that they still are very sad when they come back to the clinics for checkups," Dr. Saltz says. "Some have family issues that are still unresolved. Many go through divorce or lose their jobs and have problems with their children; I realized that there was still a lot for these women to deal with that we, as physicians, weren't addressing."
Taking place in Park City, Utah, the retreats are customized to the needs of those attending, and may include discussion groups, breast cancer education, nutritional information and exercise opportunities, journaling, massage therapy, and rejuvenation.