The Wednesday Report: How You Can Help Cancer Patients

05-31-2017 9:01 AM

We’ve received numerous requests on how YOU can make a difference for women with cancer.

So, that’s what we bring you today. Use these ideas to find — or create — your niche in the cancer volunteer community.

Five ways you can volunteer!

Take The Mary Kay Foundation℠ to your community. There’s a good chance that your community has never even heard of our great organization. It’s time to change that!

You can introduce your city to The Mary Kay Foundation℠ in several ways:

  1. Become an ambassador. This gives you inside status on the latest with The Mary Kay Foundation.℠ Email to get an application.
  2. Host an educational event for a school, women’s group or church. You’ll find printable resources including referral cards, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ brochure, and breast self-exam instructions straight from our website.
  3. Host a fundraiser. You don’t have to start from nothing though. Learn from those who have held events before. Get event-planning tools online to help.

Become a mentor/start a support group. If you’ve gone through any type of cancer, you could help someone with a new diagnosis. Your local cancer clinic or treatment center may have an organized program or can help you start one. The American Cancer Society also offers its Reach to Recovery program where you can share your breast cancer experience with others. Call 1-800-227-2345 to see if there’s already a program near you.

Makeovers. Mary Kay independent sales force members already do this in different ways. Some participate in Look Good Feel Better, a free public service program that helps women with cancer by helping them deal with the appearance side effects of cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society provides training for all volunteers in Look Good Feel Better. To find a program in your area, call 1- 800-395-LOOK or look online. Mary Kay Inc. often provides product for this program including cosmetic sponges, loose powders, concealers, lip liners, eye liners and foundations.

Come back to the blog on Friday, June 16, to read how Donna gives makeovers to cancer patients.

Rides to treatments. Often cancer patients need someone to drive them to treatment for a variety of reasons. If you know someone going through treatment, just ask them! To volunteer in a more formal way, check out the Road to Recovery program offered by The American Cancer Society.

Participate in events or fundraisers. You can find out about events in your area or tell us about your event on our Upcoming Events page. If you’re interested in hosting an event, you can find information for that too! You can find everything on our Events page.

Do you volunteer with cancer patients? We’d love to know how! You could even find yourself the subject of a Feature Friday! See how volunteers made a big difference in Donna Sanchez’s cancer journey.

Stacy Graves is a contributing editor of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ blog and website. She and her husband, Glen, are raising two teen boys. When she’s not writing, she’s probably at a fitness class, volunteering at church or the boys’ school, or drinking a healthy smoothie at the local juice bar. She’s worked in some type of communication role for Mary Kay Inc. or The Mary Kay Foundation since 1994 — loving every minute. She’s passionate about everything Mary Kay. You can connect with her by her website or LinkedIn.