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Look Good Feel Better for Teens® program helps teens and young adults overcome side effects of cancer treatment at Sanford Children’s Hospital

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Look Good Feel Better for Teens®, a free national public service program for teens and young adults who are undergoing cancer treatment, will be offered at the Sanford Children’s Hospital for the first time on Nov. 7.  

Offered through a national collaboration of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association, Look Good Feel Better for Teens® is offered in select hospitals across the country.  This public service program is dedicated to helping teen and young adult girls and guys cope with the appearance side effects of their treatment.  The two hour group workshop is led by volunteer beauty experts who teach skin care and makeup application techniques and offer guidance on nail care.  They also demonstrate how to manage hair loss using wigs, scarves, hats and other head-coverings.   Information on fitness, nutrition and how to deal with cancer-related social situations will also be provided by Sanford Health.

Look Good Feel Better for Teens is modeled after the Look Good Feel Better program for women.  Since 1989, Look Good Feel Better program offerings have empowered nearly 1 million women, teens and young adults in the United States to reclaim their sense of control, confidence and self-esteem.   

“The teenage years are a difficult and stressful time period in so many lives,” said Ashlee Blumhoff, a pediatric oncology clinical nurse specialist for Sanford Children’s. “Add in the stress of battling cancer and the effects of that fight, and it’s almost unimaginable what these brave teenagers go through.  This is another opportunity for us at Sanford Children’s to help those teens feel their best while we all join them in their battle against cancer.”

On top of the very real physical and emotional concerns of the disease itself, the side effects of cancer treatment such as changes in skin tone and texture, hair loss, or weight gain or loss can be devastating to a teen’s self-esteem. He or she often sees someone in the mirror that may look tired or may have lost hair, but patients who have participated in Look Good Feel Better call the program an emotional lifesaver because it helps them regain a sense of normalcy.

Teens in active treatment are eligible to attend the Look Good Feel Better for Teens workshop. The workshop is designed as a one-time only offering.  However, if a teen experiences a recurrence of cancer, he or she is invited to attend a second workshop.

For more information about the Look Good Feel Better for Teens program, please visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.  To register for the Nov. 7 event, please call 605-328-1186 or email ashlee.stofferahn@sanfordhealth.org .

About Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better® is a free, nonmedical, brand-neutral charitable program dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-esteem of people undergoing cancer treatment by helping them to deal with the appearance-related side effects of treatment. The program was founded in 1989 and offers complimentary group, individual and online beauty sessions that include lessons on skin care and cosmetics, nail care, wigs, turbans, accessories and styling to help people with cancer manage their disease and treatment with greater confidence. The Look Good Feel Better program is a collaboration of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, a charitable organization established by the Personal Care Products Council, the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry; the American Cancer Society, the nation's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to saving lives from cancer; and the Professional Beauty Association, the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons/spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty professionals.  For more information about Look Good Feel Better free workshops and other services available across the country, visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org. Look Good Feel Better is a registered trademark of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.

Lou Harvin             
American Cancer Society   
Phone: 651-255-8153
Email: lou.harvin@cancer.org