Cancer Volunteer

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Cancer Volunteer Celebrates 11 years of Service!

Cancer.
Radiation.
Chemotherapy.
Equals Hair Loss.

You’re probably wondering how did I get involved with this organization?

Celebrating my 11th year as a Look Good Feel Better volunteer- Charlene Blacer

Celebrating my 11th year as a Look Good Feel Better volunteer- Charlene Blacer

As you may have read My Story, hair extensions became my passion after working part-time as an assistance at a salon trying to save money for Nursing College. I knew instantly I found my dream job.

Hair extensions opened the door to many clientele in need of long hair, but had little or no hair to attach extensions to. And after losing them to hair replacement studios, I knew I had to take some hairloss classes. And in the classes, I learned all about the causes of hairloss, one them from chemotherapy.

So to understand chemotherapy patients, I decided to volunteer for Look Good Feel Better. I’ve also participated in 5k races, walk-a-thons, cut-a-thons, Relay for Life, to name a few…

My experience working with Cancer patients.

Cancer Volunteer Celebrates 11 years of Service | My BFF Adriana since high school at the Race for the Cure NYC 2005

Cancer Volunteer Celebrates 11 years of Service | My BFF Adriana since high school at the Race for the Cure NYC 2005

It’s a challenge.
And I don’t mean their hair, I mean their personality.
It takes a lot of understanding to be sensitive to their emotions.
I’ve been yelled at, mistreated, cursed at for nothing I didn’t do…but the cancer did.
What else can I do?
I am blamed for something I never caused.
I was only trying to offer my services…and as an unpaid volunteer.
But it’s the cancer causing their insensitivity.
11 years.
Wow.
I honestly will testify I didn’t think I’d make it this far.
Yet I stayed because I know I treated them kindly and I believe it’s not me causing their misery, it’s a reflection of the pain inside them. So I just kept quite and went about my work.
I am thankful to be part of the cancer community.
So just for any stylist looking to work with cancer patients is a challenge that you shouldn’t take personally. It’s not us, it’s the cancer. Always remember that.

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