The Issue: Emotional Toll of Breast Cancer
More than 200,000 women in this country are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and approximately 12% of all American women – or 1 in every 8 – will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, according to facts supplied by the American Cancer Society. In addition to the physical effects of cancer, the disease and its treatment can take an emotional toll on patients, many of whom have to contend with chemotherapy, radiation, and invasive surgeries. And while mental health care and emotional support aren't a cure for cancer, the American Cancer Society has suggested that this type of support can help patients better manage their cancer and its treatment.
The Campaign: Comfortable Bedrooms for Cancer Patients
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Mary’s Room to transform a breast cancer patient or survivor’s bedroom into an uplifting and peaceful setting. For every $500 raised, the organization can provide bedding, window treatments (curtains), lamps, and decorative pieces to enhance the sleeping area.
Mary Ann Taylor had the energy for a lot of things: giving thanks for her friends, reciprocating the love and adoration of her family, and facing down cancer without so much as a complaint. But when it came to tasks that required physical exertion, she often needed some help. Thus, her bedroom – where she spent much of her time battling her disease – often fell into disarray. Mary’s cousins took it upon themselves to clean and rearrange her room when they’d visit, and were overcome with happiness when they saw how these small efforts gave Mary great joy and renewed her outlook on life.
Sadly, Mary passed away in January of 2008. After her passing, one of her cousins recognized the need to both honor Mary’s name and extend the joy of a bright and cheerful room to other patients battling breast cancer, and Mary’s Room was born. Today, the organization works closely with people who’ve either survived or are currently in the midst of their battle with breast cancer. The organization provides them with free interior decorating services to transform their personal living spaces and bedrooms, giving them uplifting, comfortable, and peaceful settings in which to carry on their fight.
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