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American Cancer Society provides free resources to breast cancer patients throughout Southeast Texas

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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:07 pm

BEAUMONT, Texas- September 12, 2012—The American Cancer Society offers many resources available to breast cancer patients including wigs, turbans, prosthesis, and Reach to Recovery®. Reach to Recovery is a visitation program that provides information and support to women that have been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones. Breast cancer survivors visit with newly diagnosed patients to talk about their experiences, answer questions, and are symbols of hope and strength.

“Volunteering for Reach to Recovery is a way for breast cancer survivors to reach out and help other women through their recovery,” said Dessie Richard, Reach to Recovery program coordinator in Beaumont. “We share our experience and give support to another woman who is facing breast cancer at a time when she needs it most.”

The American Cancer Society also provides free wigs, turbans and prosthesis to patients in the area. “These products are very important to breast cancer patients because they help increase their self-esteem and provide a renewed self-confidence during and after treatment," said Dessie. Other resources include breast cancer information, transportation assistance, Look Good…Feel Better® Program and lodging for out-of-town cancer patients.

These services are provided free to cancer patients from the American Cancer Society through fundraisers such as Making Strides Against Breast Cancer ®. Join the fight against breast cancer and the movement to create a world with more birthdays by participating in the American Cancer Society’s 2nd annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Lamar University’s Dauphin Athletic Complex. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The event starts at 9 a.m. This inspiring event unites the entire community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, and supports the Society's mission to save lives, by funding research in addition to the local support programs. To sign up a team, or for more information, visit makingstridesbeaumont.org, call 409-835-2139 or email kathy.chessher@cancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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