Run, drive and style to fight cancer
August 20, 2010
The American Cancer Society is inviting Summit County residents to get involved in the fight against cancer.
Barbara Bassett and Crista Casper with the society say there are several cancer patients who live along the Wasatch Back. Recently it has become practical and feasible to offer more services in this area, they said.
Not all cancer patients have a way to get to their treatments or medical appointments in the Salt Lake Valley, Bassett said.
The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers who can help. Volunteers are given training and submitted to background checks so both parties will feel comfortable during the drive, she said.
Drivers who exceed a certain number of miles can receive some reimbursement for gas, but it is mostly a donated effort, Bassett explained.
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The appointments range from 30 minutes to over six hours, so rides are welcomed even if they can only be one-way.
Bassett said most volunteers report they enjoy knowing they are helping someone get better and overcome the disease. Sometimes drivers and patients also form new friendships, she added.
To learn more call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Michaela Brown, a licensed cosmetologist who works in Park City, is heading up the "Look Good Feel Better" program for cancer patients.
Every fourth Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Park City Medical Center starting Aug. 24, she will distribute cosmetic kits worth about $250 donated by manufacturers and give advice on make up, wigs and other ways to help women feel better about their appearance during cancer treatment, Bassett said.
The program is offered at four locations in Salt Lake City, but is new to the Park City area. Bassett said the society isn’t sure all the patients in Summit County are aware of the program and wants them to take advantage of it if they wish.
Normally at least two licensed cosmetologists administer the program, she said. They welcome additional volunteers in this area to assist Brown so each participant is given more one-on-one time.
To learn more call 1-800-395-LOOK or visit http://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.
Relay for Life
The 7th annual Park City Relay for Life to raise money for cancer research will take place Aug. 28 and 29 at the Park City Ice Arena. For more information visit http://www.relayforlife.org/parkcityut . To participate, contact Casper through the website or call local organizer Nancy Rosen at 435-901-3128.