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Breast Cancer Support: Unique Ways to Give

These practical and inspired ideas support women who are dealing with breast cancer right now.

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Things You Can Do

  • Look Good Feel Better: Helps cancer patients manage the appearance-related side effects of treatments, and they need hairstylists, aestheticians, and makeup artists to lead workshops. Not a beauty pro? LGFB also needs volunteers to set up and provide assistance during the sessions. lookgoodfeelbetter.org
  • American Cancer Society: Dealing with cancer can mean days of traveling to and from doctor appointments. Road to Recovery, an American Cancer Society-sponsored program, ensures that patients get where they need to by providing the transportation. You can sign up to get behind the wheel or schedule rides as a driver coordinator. cancer.org 
  • Knots of Love: Handy with a crochet hook or knitting needle? Whip up a cap for a patient who's experiencing hair loss. Christine Fabiani got the idea for Knots of Love from a friend who said she would have loved a hand-knit cap when she was undergoing chemo. Some 164,000 caps later, this legion of volunteers is helping patients feel better about themselves by offering a cute (and free) way to conceal hair loss. knotsoflove.org
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Where to Donate

  • Brides Against Breast Cancer: During its "Nationwide Tour of Gowns," Brides Against Breast Cancer sells new and gently worn gowns and donates the proceeds to organizations that provide services and resources (like exercise classes and counseling) to cancer patients and their families. Unload your dress, make a monetary donation, or transform an event—bridal shower, book club gathering—into a BABC fund-raiser. bridesagainstbreastcancer.org
  • Pantene Beautiful Lengths: Put a haircut to good use: Snip off at least 8 inches of clean hair, pop it in the mail, and Beautiful Lengths will craft a lovely, high-quality wig. The wig will then be donated to select American Cancer Society wig banks, which distribute wigs free to women across the country who've lost their hair due to cancer treatment. beautifullengths.com

What to Buy

  • The Pampered Patient: Having lost both her mother and her husband to cancer, Tricia Harding knows how hard it is to buy a gift that's meaningful and helps make the fight a little easier. Enter The Pampered Patient, the gift basket company Tricia started, which features items chosen specifically with the needs of cancer patients in mind, including lotion to ease chemorelated dry skin and inspirational cards. $49 to $88; thepamperedpatient.com
  • The HopeFull Company: Seeing a friend struggle with eating during cancer treatment inspired Jessica Brekke and Stephanie Williams to create soothing but nutritious whole food pop recipes that help patients get the vitamins and minerals they might be missing. Their HopeFull Kit includes a book with easy-on-thestomach recipes, a silicone mold, and 100 wooden sticks. $29.99; thehopefullcompany.com
  • Meals to Heal: Making life simpler for cancer patients and their caregivers, Meals to Heal delivers entrées and snacks based on treatment and food tastes, a week's worth at a time. Recipes are developed by a chef and dietitians who specialize in oncology. Starting at $8 per meal/snack; meals-to-heal.com
  • Ford Warriors in Pink: Treat your friend to a versatile Beautiful Warrior Scarf, and you can choose from one of four breast cancer-related charities you'd like the proceeds to benefit. fordcares.com
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