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Cancer patients receive makeover with Look Good Feel Better program

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Thousands of women go through cancer treatment every year and one Mid-Michigan movement is trying to build confidence during the process.

Look Good Feel Better is a group of volunteers using their cosmetic talents to boost morale during a fight with cancer.

Cindy Parsons is a volunteer cosmetologist and she said treating cancer patients doesn't have to be just radiation and chemotherapy. With the Look Good Feel Better program cancer patients get pampered.

"It's just a boost. It's to make them feel like a person again. So many people feel really down at this time and it ends up being a very positive experience for them," Parsons said.

The volunteer cosmetologists teach cancer patients how to do everything from drawing on eyebrows to skin care. Each guest that attends training gets a free make-up kit valued at more than $300.

Parsons said all of the makeup used in the kits have been tested and they are safe for anyone to use.

On top of makeup, the sessions also help women with wrapping head scarves and fashion.

Kathi Smith-Nowlin from St. Mary's of Saginaw said she is ecstatic about having the program in the hospital.

"Anything we can do to support other women going through this journey to be able to feel better about themselves and to have a little fun with other people that are going through the same thing. If we can be a part of that, I think it's a really great thing," Smith-Nowlin said.

Smith-Nowlin said it's a group effort and the nationwide program is always looking for people to help out.

Program Manager Denise Dunn said they are scouting for cosmetologists with big hearts.

"The volunteers are the backbone of every American Cancer Society Program. Look Good Feel Better is no different. We look for volunteer cosmetologists, technicians, general volunteers or nail technicians to actually facilitate the sessions which are two hours long," Dunn said.

Parsons teaches new volunteers and hosts classes for patients. She said the program has been beyond rewarding for her.

"I get probably more out of it than any of the other people do because when you watch them light up and their expressions change, they just feel so good," Parsons said.

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