For breast cancer survivors, the American Cancer Society is a place where the healing can begin.
"We offer a number of services for local cancer patients, not only breast cancer patients with this being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but every patient in the area," Sheree Moore with the American Cancer Society said.
For women, whether it be through a new hair-do or even a new look, the organization is striving to make women feel comfortable once again in their own skin.
"Specifically for our breast cancer patients, we do breast prosthesis and bras and everything," Moore said. "Materials and the service we provide are all new wigs, hats, and bras and prosthesis, and they're all free of charge to the patients in our area. "
Through fundraisers such as the Relay for Life and the Cattle Barron's Ball, the organization is able to offer services to 10 different counties and help about 2,500 patients in the area every year.
"If we didn't have these fundraisers, we wouldn't be able to raise this much money in the community. We would not be able to be here. We would not be able to do the services we do," Moore said. "We're able to find them help with various treatments and pharmaceutical help, and we've been able to help patients pay their electric bills."
Seeing the difference the cancer society's services provide to a survivor makes the job worthwhile for Moore.
"We've had a couple of ladies come in and they won't even look at themselves in the mirror," Moore said. "Then, they get the wig on and they just feel like a completely different person. They feel whole again."
St. Joseph and Suddenlink are hosting the annual Surviving and Thriving Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon on Tuesday, October 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the College Station Hilton. Tickets are $35, and portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
For reservations call (979) 731-1231.