Kane cosmetologist to help cancer patients

A Kane cosmetologist is volunteering to help local cancer patients through a national public service program known as “Look Good…Feel Better.”Becky Gallagher Vogel, who operates Becky’s Boutique at 439 Biddle St., Kane, will conduct the first local workshop Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for female cancer patients.The free Valentine’s Day forum will be held in a conference room on the second floor of Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of Hamot/UPMC.The “Look Good…Feel Better” program is sponsored in part by the American Cancer Society to help women “improve their image and self-image by teaching them hands-on beauty techniques to overcome the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.”For more program information, contact Shane Launer, the community cancer control specialist at the Cancer Society office in Bradford. Call 368-3646 or 888-227-5445.“It feels like it’s my calling,” Vogel said in explaining why she volunteered to undergo training to conduct the first program of its type in Kane.“It makes me feel good that I can use my professional skills to help cancer patients. I’m honored to do it.”The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA) have joined with the Cancer Society to develop the program. Promotion of brand-name products or beauty salons is prohibited at the workshops. Medical advice is not given.During the workshops, cancer patients with hair loss will have an opportunity to try on wigs from a “wig bank” established at the hospital. There is no cost for the wigs. Women also will receive free cosmetics and beauty care information.See full article by purchasing the Feb. 13 edition of The Kane Republican.