BANGOR — Courage, confidence, control, community, caring — ask any woman who has lived with cancer and she will likely find meaning in these words.
Since 1989, Look Good … Feel Better has helped 650,000 women with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem and thereby manage cancer treatment and recovery with greater confidence.
Two local women have been integral to that program in the Bangor area.
Marilyn Hoxie of Old Town and Ethelyn Travis of Bangor have been volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Look Good … Feel Better program since its inception in 1989, giving their time and talent as volunteers at local workshops.
The women who attend workshops facilitated by Hoxie and Travis benefit from their compassionate attitudes and genuine interest in their well-being.
“I think that I get more out of the time I spend with the patients than they do. One evening at a session really does help ease the trauma they are experiencing from this horrible disease,” said Hoxie. “I can’t be a doctor or a cancer researcher, but I can make them feel more self-confident. The smile on their faces makes my time worthwhile.”
The American Cancer Society presented Hoxie and Travis with special 20th Anniversary Look Good … Feel Better Awards during a group session at Eastern Maine Medical Center in the Breast and Osteoporosis Center.
“We are delighted to present this award to Marilyn and Ethelyn,” said Elisa Madore, community executive for the American Cancer Society. “They both have been instrumental in not only helping many women in the greater Bangor area, but also by training other beauty professionals to participate in the program, allowing the society to help others throughout the state.”
Look Good … Feel Better, a partnership of the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council and the National Cosmetology Association, offers free, one-time beauty consultations with a licensed cosmetologist or aesthetician to women who are currently undergoing cancer treatment.
Beauty professionals provide tips and practical techniques for coping with hair loss and changes in the skin that often result from chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
To learn more about Look Good … Feel Better or to find a session near you, call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.