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Fighting cancer, looking good and feeling better with the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is bringing a workshop to McDuffie County to help local women experiencing the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. "Look Good...Feel Better" sessions are free to female cancer patients who live in Warren, McDuffie, Lincoln and Wilkes counties.

The workshop, which will be offered quarterly, will be held at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Debbie Jones, community outreach coordinator for MRMC, said women battling cancer experience appearance-related changes in their skin, nails and hair.

"So, this is just a great way to make them feel good about themselves and help them cope with those issues," Mrs. Jones said.

The workshop includes a skin care and makeup program and demonstrations on hair/wig techniques. Christina Wilson, a cosmetologist from Wilkes County, will teach the classes at MRMC. Each participant will receive a free gift kit of full-size, name brand cosmetics for use during and after the workshop.

"The kits are great," Mrs. Jones said. "They have a lot of makeup, and it's good makeup. And it's for any skin tone or type."

The first workshop is from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4. To register, call Mrs. Jones at 706-597-5404 or Danielle Caldwell of the American Cancer Society at 706-731-9900.

"We offer many programs and services to cancer patients and their families," said Ms. Caldwell, who is the area community manager for ACS. "But this program is special to us because it helps women restore their sense of inner and outer beauty. It is our hope that we can help as many women as possible feel better about themselves while undergoing treatment for cancer."

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through prevention, education, research, advocacy and service.

Web posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008

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