by Linda Bewley, outreach coordinator
A few weeks ago, while I was covering the front desk, a man came in asking if we had wigs and hats. I told him that we do and after talking for a couple of minutes he said he’d go out to the car and get the person who needed one. Since he seemed a little hesitant, I first walked him to the wig room door so he could see what we had. He went outside, and after about 5 minutes of talking to someone in the car, I saw a woman emerge. She carefully stood up and the two of them slowly made their way into the building. They met with a Client Advocate and later they toured the warehouse. Then, they went into the wig salon. After a while, the wig salon door opened and out came the woman with a spring in her step, sporting a cute short wig. But, the best part was she was wearing a huge smile on her face! She talked to me about wigs and hair and then her smile got even bigger when someone came around the corner, heard our conversation and said that she would never have known the woman was wearing a wig.
That’s what we’re about here at Cancer Services—helping people during a very difficult time in their lives—giving them an emotional boost when things just seem too overwhelming. The smile on her face as she left our office made me proud to say I work for Cancer Services.
Fran Good, owner of Mattress Warehouse, has sponsored a fundraising campaign every December for the past 6 years to benefit our organization. Several years ago, Fran’s best friend Terry was diagnosed with cancer and came to our organization for assistance. We answered his questions and provided him with the supplies he needed to make his cancer journey a little easier. Because of the impact we had on Terry’s life, Fran has decided to give back as much as she can and does so through the annual fundraising campaign. Terry passed away a few years ago and Fran says she wants to do something to keep his memory alive. A portion of mattress sales during the month of December is donated to us, and this year, Fran and her team presented our board with a check for $7,500.
“People tell me they come in during December to buy a new mattress specifically because we donate to Cancer Services. You’ve touched a lot of people ,” Fran says. “You help without asking questions and give people the support they need. That’s a big deal and I will never forget how much you helped Terry and me.”
We are so thankful for Mattress Warehouse’s ongoing support and for our friendship with Fran and her staff.
Founded in 1944, CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, including people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge. Last year, the organization provided individual help to more than 100,000 people, in addition to the more than 1 million unique visitors to its website: www.cancercare.org.
Through its website, you can gain access to counseling, support groups, publications, financial assistance, therapeutic activities, special events information and Connect Education Workshops. We’d like to draw attention two upcoming workshops:
Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects, Friday, January 21, 2011, 1:30-2:30PM Eastern Time.
Caring for Your Bones When You Have Breast Cancer: What’s New? Friday, February 11, 2011, 1:30-2:30PM Eastern Time.
You can listen to these workshop online or via telephone.
There are two ways to register:
Call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or online at www.cancercare.org/connect.
You can also view a full schedule of Connect Workshops at www.cancercare.org/connect.