Continuing on its promise to help as many cancer patients as possible, Scare Away Cancer donates $12,000 for the use of charitable care at the Inner Beauty Salon inside the Estabrook Cancer Center at Methodist Hospital.
"Through your generous gifts, we can help women let the true beauty of who they are shine through by providing financial assistance with a variety of things to help ease the painful side effects of cancer treatments," said Lori Fuchs of the Inner Beauty Salon.
Over the past three years, almost 250 patients received charitable care at the Inner Beauty Salon. The service provides the following to cancer patients:
· Wigs and supplies
· Hats and soft caps
· Post-mastectomy camisoles and bras
· Skincare and supplies
· Emu oil to help with radiation treatment
The Inner Beauty salon increased its number of consultations 8% in 2016 over 2015 serving patients from all over the Omaha area, not just those receiving treatment at Methodist.
"The dedicated volunteers at Scare Away Cancer go above and beyond to host a fun Halloween celebration and do so to help cancer survivors in genuine need. One hundred percent of this gift will support Inner Beauty patients who cannot afford wigs, mastectomy bras, or other products," said RyAnne Hastings Elsesser from the Methodist Hospital Foundation.
Scare Away Cancer has long been a supporter of Inner Beauty, raising $36,000 to assist in the construction of the new salon that was completed in 2013. Since then, additional staff as been added as the number of consultations increased, meaning a demand for charitable care for those who cannot afford the service.
"Lori and her team do fantastic work," said Paula Ebert from Scare Away Cancer. "They are passionate, empathetic, and committed to being a beacon of light for patients who are fighting cancer."
Scare Away Cancer gives assistance to cancer patients and their families for basic needs including medical bills, car repairs, food, rent, and mortgage payments. If you know a patient or family that needs help, please fill out our questionnaire to start the process.
Scare Away Cancer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by volunteer employees of MCL Construction. Its annual fundraising event is on October 28, 2017, at Anthony's Steakhouse in Omaha. Tickets for this year's event will be on sale in June. You can make a one-time or monthly contribution by visiting the Donate section of this website.
An idea that started over three years ago is now a reality. The Infusion Therapy Center at the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center is now fully remodeled. MCL Construction completed the work in December and patients have noticed.
"We are really excited about the final outcome," said Patty Bauer, Service Executive of Oncology Services at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. "We really wanted a place that was warm and inviting for our patients."
Gone are the pink walls, the laminate countertop at the nurse's station, and the old carpet. The Infusion Therapy Center is painted with brighter colors, the nurse's station has a solid surface top, and the floor is medical grade vinyl that gives the appearance of a hardwood floor.
"When I started, I really didn't know the difference, it's just how it was," said Amy Hartigan, a registered nurse at the Infusion Therapy Center. "The new colors and the remodel brings a whole new attitude to the Infusion Center, to the patients, and the staff."
The project was made possible by the generous contributors to Scare Away Cancer. The annual event organized by the employees of MCL Construction raised money for the remodel for two years and contributed $80,000 to the Methodist Hospital Foundation to make construction possible.
"Scare Away Cancer is an awesome event," said Bauer. "It's amazing to be around people who have so much compassion for people they have never met before. It's evident that the people who participate and donate are very genuine."
Scare Away Cancer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since 2010, the Halloween-themed event has raised over $500,000 for cancer patients and programs in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Scare Away Cancer is a 100% volunteer organization by the employees of MCL Construction. The 2017 event will be held at Anthony's Steakhouse on October 28.