Breast Cancer Patients Learn to Look Good Feel Better

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          Women with breast cancer are often self-conscious about their looks while they’re undergoing treatment. Recently, a group of these patients gathered at Arrowhead Stadium for a special program called Look Good Feel Better, a two-hour beautification workshop which helps them feel better about themselves by looking good. The program is put on by the American Cancer Society, which partnered with the Kansas City Chiefs, and is supported by The University of Kansas Cancer Center.         

            In the video, Chiefs running back Charcandrick West explains why he and running back Spencer Ware came to support the women and visit with them. He says there’s nothing football players can ever do that will top beating cancer. He says this topic hit close to home with the recent successful cancer treatment of teammate Eric Berry.

            Dr. Kelsey Larson is a breast cancer surgeon at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. She says there’s only so much doctors can do to help breast cancer patients, and that talking with fellow patients is vital.

            Also on the video, Debbie Bailey is a breast cancer patient who attended the workshop. She describes her cancer and treatment, and why talking to others who have been there is so important. She says having big organizations like the Chiefs supporting them gives them a glimmer of hope, and why feeling good about one’s looks is so important to cancer patients.

            Matt Martinek is executive director of the American Cancer Society in Kansas City. In the video, he says he’s thrilled the NFL is lending its support and providing a place for cancer patients to attend the class. He says there is no price tag on self-confidence for a cancer patient.

            The video also shows Chiefs players interacting with the women and the various demonstrations, including skin care and makeup advice, with free samples.