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, beast 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."