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Beauty experts needed to help cancer patients

American Cancer Society program Look Good Feel Better needs beauty experts to volunteer and help female patients. To register for the next local training session, call Pam Ashman at 404-582-6120.
American Cancer Society program Look Good Feel Better needs beauty experts to volunteer and help female patients. To register for the next local training session, call Pam Ashman at 404-582-6120.

The American Cancer Society needs licensed cosmetologists and estheticians to volunteer for its Look Good Feel Better program, which shows female patients how to disguise appearance-related effects of treatment.

The next local training session will be Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the American Cancer Society’s downtown Columbus office in The Corporate Center, 233 12th St., Suite 710. A light lunch will be provided, according to a news release.

Look Good Feel Better is a free program for women receiving cancer treatment. Volunteer beauty experts teach them makeup techniques and tips for skin and nail care to overcome some side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. They also demonstrate disguising hair loss by using wigs, turbans and scarves.

The program is a partnership among the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association.

“Look Good Feel Better is as much about improving and maintaining self-image and confidence as it is about appearance,” Pam Ashman, the mission delivery program manager for the American Cancer Society, said in the news release. “Patients appreciate the free makeup and instruction from professionals while having the opportunity to spend time in a relaxed, nonmedical setting with others who are in the same situation. The class allows them to regain control of their lives.”

While the program gives cancer patients physical and emotional support, it also benefits the volunteers, who are able to help a special group of women during a challenging time, Ashman noted.

“It’s a great way for cancer patients to take a break from treatment and build new friendships,” she said in the release. “Women have found themselves laughing for the first time in weeks and walking away feeling refreshed and renewed, not only about their appearance but also about their outlook on life.”

To register for the training session by the Oct. 5 deadline or learn more about volunteering for Look Good Feel Better, contact Ashman at 404-582-6120 or pam.ashman@cancer.org. For more information about the American Cancer Society and its programs, call 800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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