Timmins – ON - December 1, 2017 - On December 3rd, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) will be hosting their first workshop at Collège Boréal in Timmins. LGFB is providing a two-hour complimentary session that offers the tools and techniques to help women facing all cancers and all treatments feel like themselves again. Support from a makeup expert and discussion on hair loss, will be demonstrated at this workshop.
The Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) Oncology Unit, a satellite of Health Sciences North, has partnered with Look Good Feel Better to help alleviate treatment side effects. The Oncology Unit at TADH will be a liaison in providing information regarding the workshop to women within our community, who are currently receiving cancer treatment.
“Collège Boréal has been an integral part of the Timmins community for 22 years. We are always happy to work with other local partners, such as the Timmins and District Hospital, to better serve the region’s francophone population. We are absolutely thrilled to contribute to this particular initiative which will have a significant impact on the lives of our mothers, sisters, and friends affected by cancer.” Says Jean-Pierre Nadon, Collège Boréal Director in Timmins.
Lynn Fecteau, a Timmins resident who has been working closely with several groups of volunteers in the community and with Look Good Feel Better, approached TADH to share her daughter’s story and how this workshop helped her during her treatment. Gabrielle Fecteau, a cancer patient for many years, express’ that “Since my diagnosis, I have been able to influence fellow cancer thrivers through social media, my blog and podcast Soar Above Cancer and, now, as a blogger with the Look Good Feel Better organization.”
“Through my participation to their workshops, they have contributed to my “real” cancer story—the one that made me more than just another cancer patient.” Gabrielle shares her very first LGFB experience, “I attended one of the LGFB workshops in the early days of my treatment. But I can assure you, that special workshop, I still remember it to this day. I specifically remember the head scarf tutorials which I lived to wear most days during the active cancer treatment phase of my journey.”
LGFB was created 25 years ago in Canada by members of the beauty industry to give back to women. Since its inception in 1992, the program has helped over 200,000 Canadian women. It is offered in 100 Canadian cancer centers, with over 1,300 volunteers which in turn, have helped more than 10,000 Canadian women annually.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with this great community and bringing much needed supportive care to the women and teens with cancer in Timmins and the surrounding area. This was made possible by the leadership team and the support of the Volunteers and all the corporate partners – notably La Caisse Populaire Ltd. and College Boreal for providing the venue to host the Look Good Feel Better workshops.” States Karen Cinq Mars, from Look Good Feel Better.
“TADH is very proud to be part of the Look Good Feel Better program in Timmins. It helps women with cancer restore their sense of self, and that’s an important way to provide support for patients.” says Maggie Matear, Board Chair.
Look Good Feel Better is a unique charity that relies on the compassion and generosity of the public, partners and sponsor to help women with cancer feel like themselves again. The foundation does not compete for research dollars, nor receive government grants. LGFB address the appearance-related side effect caused by cancer and its treatment, including the loss of hair, excruciating dry and sallow skin. The workshop is led by a volunteer team of beauty experts, which teach valuable tools, techniques and cosmetic hygiene to help alleviate these side effects.
“For me, working to bring LGFB workshops to my home town of Timmins is a way I plan to do this. I can attest first hand that this community needs this kind of cancer-related initiative implemented which gives more than beauty tips and tricks to women but also hope and the ability to thrive.” Says Gabrielle Fecteau.
It is an exciting time for women within our community that are facing the many challenges of cancer treatment and an opportunity for our community volunteers to give back. All patients at the Timmins and District Hospital who are currently receiving cancer treatment, will be provided with the workshop information and the link for online registration. To learn more about the program, please visit https://lgfb.ca/en/workshop/ about-our-workshops/
For more information contact:
Timmins and District Hospital