Seattle Parks Department Makes Exception for Breast Cancer Survivor.
Jodi Jaceks, a Seattle breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy, is now allowed to swim topless after the city’s Parks Department reversed their decision and made an exception for Jaecks. All other cases will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.
Breast Cancer Survivor Can Finally Swim Topless
On Wednesday, The Stranger weekly reported that Jodi Jaecks, 47, has been struggling since March against Seattle’s Parks and Recreation Department’s decision to not allow her to swim topless in public pools. Although Jaecks has both of her breasts removed and scars remain where her nipples once were, she was denied her request to swim topless by the city’s aquatics manager.
The Stranger reported that wearing a bathing suit is too painful for Jaecks, whose surgery left painful nerve damage a swimsuit top would irritate. However, the parks department cited a dress code they post at the pools they continued to deny Jaeck’s request.
Seattle Makes Exception for Breast Cancer Survivor to Swim Topless
Responding to The Stranger’s story and the national media attention that followed, the city reversed it’s position and made an exception for Jaecks to swim topless in public pools. All other cases of breast cancer survivors swimming without swimsuit tops will have to be seen on a case-by-case basis.
“After looking at the situation again, I decided to reconsider based on the circumstances of the case,” said Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Christopher Williams in a statement Wednesday. “Our original concern stems from our responsibility to accommodate the needs of all our patrons. In this case I see nothing that might alarm the public.”
However, Jaecks told The Seattle Times she isn’t happy with William’s exception. Jaecks wants to see a policy of acceptance for all breast cancer survivors, not just her. She also is limited to swimming during adult-lap sessions only.
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