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Fashion Consultant, a Breast Cancer Survivor, Donates Scarves to Coleman Image Renewal Center

MAYWOOD, Ill. -  Fashion consultant and breast cancer survivor Kari Harris wanted to give back to the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and its Coleman Foundation Image Renewal Center.

So Harris asked fellow fashion consultants, who represent a Los Angeles-based clothing designer, to donate about 60 multicolored scarves to the Image Renewal Center.

Harris, who lives in Oak Park, Ill., completed her treatments in May 2011 and has been free of recurrence.

"I was continually impressed by the level of care provided by the men and women who work at the Cancer Center," she said. "From the doctors to the parking attendants, everyone was nothing but compassionate and caring.  I could tell this was more than a job; it was a way for them to help the patients (in this case me) through what hopefully will be the worst experience of their lives."

At the Image Renewal Center, licensed cosmetologists and trained clinical professionals provide a variety of services, including hair care, hair alternatives, facials, manicures, pedicures, breast prosthesis fitting, lymphedema care, nutritional counseling, exercise plans, massage therapy, acupuncture, support groups and educational classes.

Harris recently returned to the Coleman center to drop off the scarves. She said clinical cosmetologist Debbie Morelli and other Coleman Center staffers "not only help women look their best, but to also feel their best."

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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