Each year we select a worthy cause to support through sales of our collectable shopping bags. This year we are putting our support behind the Look Good Feel Better program, operated by the Canadian Cancer Society. Last week I had the privilege of attending a Look Good Feel Better workshop as a guest, so I could witness first-hand how our donation dollars are being put to work.
The workshop helps women look and feel better about themselves as they go through cancer treatment. Radiation and chemotherapy ravage the body; often resulting in hair loss, skin changes, and dark under-eye circles, not to mention the patient feeling like hell.
The 2-hour program is free for participants, with each person receiving over $300 worth of makeup donated by leading brands. The seminar is conducted by a host of compassionate volunteers (see photo), starting with instruction on skin care and how to apply makeup, followed by a discussion on hair alternatives. The “Hair Lady” discusses what it will be like to lose your hair, how long you will be without, and how to choose and care for a wig.
Although the circumstance of everyone’s attendance is tough, the seminar was a fun experience for all. There were lots of laughs (“never leave home without your eyebrows!”) and a great sense of camaraderie. The transformation of the women was astonishing, and their self confidence visibly soared. The room grew progressively bubblier as 12 women temporarily stopped thinking of themselves as cancer patients and just enjoyed looking good, and as a result left feeling better. The participants weren’t the only ones feeling good. I felt proud to be affiliated with such an outstanding program that touches the lives of so many women.
Gotta go check my eyebrows!