Gala benefiting beauty program for cancer patients

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – If they look better, then they'll feel better.

That's the idea behind one program at the American Cancer Society in Lufkin.

Cancer survivors undergoing chemotherapy and radiation are given a bag with about $250 worth of makeup in it.

Volunteers help the women understand how to care for their skin as it goes through changes during treatment.

It's one of the many programs the upcoming Pineywoods Cattle Baron's Gala fundraiser helps support. One patient was diagnosed with breast cancer in April this year and she says the program has helped her feel better about getting out of the house.

"I wasn't too interested," Nancy Fox said. "I thought, nah, I've got makeup, you know, I can handle this, but Joy came in one day and during our talking, she convinced me to come in for the program and it was really a joy. There were five other women here and you find out pretty soon that you're not the only one."

"We have had ladies that come in and when they come in, they kind of come in and they sit down and they really don't know what to expect and then when they leave, it's like they have this bright smile on their face," said Joy Rich of the American Cancer Society.

If you want to volunteer for the "Look Good, Feel Better" program, contact the American Cancer Society in Lufkin.

Tickets for the Gala are also on sale at the Lufkin office until the day of the event: Saturday, Oct. 9.

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