How American Cancer Society helps Holmes County

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 07:30 AM.

“I wasn’t prepared for what I saw,” said Mayfield. “It was horrible and I tried to be respectful and remain steady, but it was her to say ‘they made a mess, didn’t they?’ I never would have imagined just how courageous and strong they are, even with their frail bodies.”

She said after that experience she had made it her goal to help correct the “messes” that cancer had made in the lives of these people’s lives.

“What people do is come here looking for simple things like a scarf or a wig and they end up finding so much more,” said Bullington. “I didn’t realize how much I would’ve become involved and how much of me would be leaving with every person. It’s an amazing feeling watching these women transform into beautiful, happy women; going from sad to joyful.”

Mayfield told about a young lady in her late twenties who had a double Mastectomy came in and said “can you just give me some boobs and a wig?” and “can we get those a couple sizes bigger?”

“The most amazing part is when she said she felt like a woman again,” said Mayfield. “We got her into her wig and her new bra and she looked in the mirror and said ‘Oh my gosh! I’m kinda hot!’ That’s what makes this all worth while; giving back what cancer has stolen.”

Mayfield also added there was a program that gave free make-up makeovers for cancer patients which includes free make-up valued in the hundreds of dollars.

“They use top-of the line products to restore facial tissue and renew a woman’s appearance after it has been ravaged by countless cancer treatments,” said Mayfield. “The clinics are located in Dothan and Crestview and the patients do have to get there on their own, but it is more than worth it.”



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