Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

 
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Making Strides - Look Good Feel Better
Making Strides - Look Good Feel Better

Make strides to Finish the Fight against breast cancer.

Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms. One of the amazing programs that this project helps fund….

Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is a program from the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. Each patient participating in a group workshop receives a free kit of cosmetics ($200 value), donated by the cosmetic industry, to use as tools to learn techniques during the program and take home.

Group workshops
The Look Good Feel Better group workshop is a 2-hour, hands-on workshop which includes:

  • A detailed description and demonstration of the 12-step skin care and makeup program
  • Instruction on options relating to hair loss, including wigs (types/care), turbans, and scarves, nail care
  • Helpful suggestions on clothing and ways to use flattering colors and shapes, as well as ways to camouflage areas of concern during cancer treatment.

A group program typically includes 6 to 10 patients and several volunteer licensed beauty professionals who conduct the workshop.

Look Good Feel Better is free, non-medical, and salon and product neutral. Volunteers and program participants do not promote any cosmetic product line or manufacturer. All cosmetics used in the group program have been donated.

One-on-one salon consultations

For patients who are unable to go to a group workshop, a free, one-time individual salon consultation with a volunteer cosmetologist might be available in their area. During these sessions, women use their own cosmetics to learn the same techniques taught in group sessions.

At-home materials for women

The Look Good Feel Better program at-home materials are available for patients who can’t attend the program. The at-home materials are available for free by calling 1-800-395-LOOK (5665). The at-home video can also be found at lookgoodfeelbetter.org. These materials include

  • • One 30-minute DVD, Look Good Feel Better At Home Guide to Confidence and Beauty
  • • A step-by-step Look Good Feel Better patient guide (the same booklet as in the cosmetic kits)
  • • A virtual makeover tool at lookgoodfeelbetter.org
  • • The LGFB Beauty App for iPhone and iPad
  • • An evaluation form

The DVD features:

  • • Appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment
  • • Detailed skin care information
  • • How-to makeup tips
  • • Wig information
  • • Pointers on head coverings

The patient guide also covers all of the topics listed above plus nail care. Materials are also offered in Spanish, and bilingual programs are available in some areas.

At-home materials for men

At-home materials are available for men dealing with cancer-related appearance changes. Information is online at lookgoodfeelbetterformen.org under Programs. There is also a Look Good Feel Better for Men brochure (item #4663.76) which can be ordered through the Look Good Feel Better toll-free number, 1-800-395-LOOK (5665) or through your local American Cancer Society office 800-237-2345.

The brochure is for men who are getting chemotherapy or radiation treatment. It gives them information on how to deal with the way treatment and side effects can change the way they look, as well as other useful information. The brochure also features a tear-out sheet of steps to help men with their daily skin and hair care routines. This brochure is available in English and Spanish.

THANK you!

It is only because of generous donations like yours and the help of our amazing volunteers that programs like Look Good Feel Better are made possible, so we can never say it enough… THANK YOU!!!

We are on a mission to make this cancer’s last century, and with your help, we can Finish the Fight!

If you are interested in learning more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, please visit www.MakingStridesWalk.org or contact Marietta Malm at 503.795.3958.

Making Strides Survivors
Making Strides Survivors

Make strides to finish the fight against breast cancer

Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer researchinformation and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

Personal Stories
Every person who walks in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event has a reason for walking - and every person touched by cancer has a story to tell. We hear thousands of stories that remind us that the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is more than a walk. It describes the progress we're making together to save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Below is Alyceia’s personal story which we hope will inspire you to join us in making strides to end breast cancer!

Alyceia's Story
My Mother the Gladiator

August is my birthday month, and my mother always does my birthday BIG. I call her gifts “a party in a box” because opening one of her presents is a special event. The gift is wrapped to perfection and full of confetti, candy, and toy surprises and that’s before you even get to the actual present!

In 2007, I knew my birthday would be a little different. I was 1,700 miles away from home and in the middle of end-of-quarter finals at college, but I had no idea how dramatically different it would be.

My mother’s “party in a box” arrived that month along with many phone calls from relatives too many phone calls, actually. Long past my birthday, I was receiving daily calls from family members who said they just wanted to check on me. I thought the sudden influx of calls was a little odd and even told my mom about it, but she just said, “Everybody misses you.” I was a busy college student trying to get through school, so I shrugged it off and made plans to travel home in September for Labor Day weekend. I had no idea that the reason my boss had gifted me with a plane ticket home was because there was news awaiting me that I needed to hear in person.

My mother picked me up at the airport and as soon as we were settled in the car she turned to me and said, “I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.” My heart broke I mean it I could literally hear it crack into pieces. Mom kept talking she talked for the entire 45-minute trip home but I didn’t hear another word. My vision was blurred from tears, my face was hot from crying, and the shattering of my heart still rung in my ears.

I’m an only child. My mom had me at 19 and raised me alone, so our bond is strong. As soon as I was able to speak, I said to my mom, “You told everyone but me all our relatives, even my boss. How could you do that? It’s been ‘you and me’ since I was born, since I got to this earth. How could you leave me out of this?”

As a daughter, I felt angry and betrayed; but my mother explained that, as a mother, she had gone into protective mode. She asked me what I would have done if she had told me when the diagnosis first came in. I replied that I would have dropped everything and come home to take care of her. And she said, “I knew that about you, and that’s why I didn’t tell you. I have my sister and my mother here, and they can help me. The best thing you can do for me is to make me proud by going back to Texas to finish school.”

We talked more and I discovered that Mom had been diagnosed the month before in August and she was about to have a lumpectomy. My family had dealt with cancer before; my grandmother’s sister lost her battle with breast cancer in the 1980s.My mother’s sister had recently battled breast cancer successfully, but her recovery had not been easy, and she was ill during much of her treatment. So, I was terrified. It felt like having some knowledge of the disease was more frightening since I knew how horrible it could be.

Before I got on the plane to go back to school, I made her promise that she would tell me what was happening going forward. She kept that promise and kept me informed. She would tell me when her doctor’s appointments were, and I would write them on my calendar so I could call immediately afterward.

And I worked hard at school, intent on making her proud. I graduated in May of the following year May 16, 2008 to be exact and I moved back home the very next day.

My mother’s treatment and recovery were not easy. She had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Plus, they discovered she carried the BRCA1 gene so even though she is a breast cancer survivor, we can never truly feel the disease is gone since that gene is coursing through our family. When we heard the BRCA1 news, she sent me information provided by the American Cancer Society on nearby places I could go to get an affordable screening. Even though I was only 26, because of my family history, I began having yearly screenings earlier than is usually recommended. And I had a little scare of my own last year when the doctor found a lump. A needle biopsy came back as inconclusive, but luckily a further mammogram gave me an “all clear.” So, I am diligent with my annual screenings and diligent about raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

But I don’t want to end this story talking about me. I want to tell you more about my mother, Tracie, and how she’s doing now. First, let me tell you that my mother is formidable in every way. She is 6 feet tall and has a strong spirit. When I hear my mom say the word “survivor,” she says it like the joyful blessing that it is.

During my mother’s breast cancer journey, I started calling her “The Gladiator” because she is so intent on fighting cancer. She speaks at cancer awareness events and she is a Reach To Recovery® volunteer, talking to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to help them cope with their diagnosis and treatment. Each time she volunteers, she puts on her armor and battles breast cancer both emotionally and physically.

Another way we all join in the fight is by participating in our local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Each year, our team decides on a fun name; we raise money together; and on the day of the event, everyone has a lot of fun wearing crazy outfits, wild wigs, and shaking pink pompoms. It’s really neat to see how excited everyone is.

I’ve come far since I decided to discard the anger and focus on helping to raise funds and find cures so people like my mother will never again have to say the words, “I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.”

- Alyceia

THANK you!
In the spirit of the season we want you to know that we are thankful for your support in the fight against breast cancer! We could not do it without you! Of course, until we find a cure, we still have more work to do, and with your help and your generous donations, we will continue our fight against this dreaded disease. We know that every extra year of life---every milestone like a birthday---is cause for celebration.

If you are interested in learning more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, please visit www.MakingStridesWalk.org/PortlandOR or contact Marietta Malm at 503.795.3958.

Making Strides - Finish The Fight!
Making Strides - Finish The Fight!

Make strides to finish the fight against breast cancer.

The fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Join millions of people in more than 300 communities nationwide and take that step with us at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Portland walk. Just a few hours of your time at our non-competitive, 5K (3.1 mile) event will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families.

Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Sign up today and let’s finish the fight against breast cancer.

3 Ways You Help Us Finish the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Thanks to your support of our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) walk, we are doing the most in every community to help people with breast cancer today and striving to find cures to end the disease tomorrow.

  • Groundbreaking Breast Cancer Research
    We’re investing in cutting-edge breast cancer research to better understand, prevent, find, treat, and cure the disease.
  • Comprehensive Support
    One in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to us for help and support.
  • Access to Mammograms
    We’re helping ensure access to mammograms for women who need them so more lives are saved.

Thank you soooooo very much to those who have already made a donation to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign! With your help, we will continue our fight against this dreaded disease. We know that every extra year of life---every milestone like a birthday---is cause for celebration.

If you are interested in learning more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, please visit www.cancer.org or contact Marietta Malm at 503.795.3958.

Make strides to finish the fight against breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Making Strides walkers turn awareness into action by helping to raise funds for the American Cancer Society each year to save more lives from breast cancer. Today, we’re leading the way in transforming breast cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable. The progress we are making together is nothing short of remarkable. But we need your help to finish the fight.

Your support means more lives saved.

With every dollar raised, the American Cancer Society is helping save more lives from breast cancer.

Groundbreaking Cancer Research

We’re investing in cutting-edge breast cancer research to better understand, prevent, find, and treat the disease.

Comprehensive Support

One in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to us for help and support.

Access to Mammograms

We’re helping ensure access to mammograms for women who need them so more lives are saved.

Thank yousoooooo very much to those who have already made a donation to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign! With your help, we will continue our fight against this dreaded disease. We know that every extra year of life---every milestone like a birthday---is cause for celebration.

If you are interested in learning more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, please visit www.MakingStridesWalk.org/PortlandOR or contact Marietta Malm at 503.795.3958

The American Cancer Society has been saving lives for 100 years. Today, we’re helping save more than 400 lives a day that would have otherwise been lost to cancer. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer fundraising and awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish the fight. Our five- mile walk is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society lead the fight against this disease.

Your generous donations, will help us find breast cancer’s causes and cures, provide free information and services to those fighting the disease, and ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

The research done at the American Cancer Society, such as Cancer Prevention Study-3, in addition to the studies done by the researchers we fund may help us find answers and Finish the Fight on breast cancer. The American Cancer Society is proud of the 47 researchers that we supported before they went on to win the Nobel Prize, considered the highest accolade any scientist can receive. This work is being done because of your generous donations!

Thank yousoooooo very much to those who have already made a donation to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign! As we will not rest until we have a world without cancer, we need your continued support to help us celebrate more birthdays!!

If you are interested in learning more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, please visit www.MakingStridesWalk.org/PortlandOR or contact Marietta Malm at 503.795.3958.

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Tia Herrejon

Portland, OR United States

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