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Free program gives cancer patients a needed boost

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Side effects from cancer treatments can take all different forms, but one of the most devastating can be the loss of self confidence.

For more than 20 years, Marilyn Lewis has worked at Breezes Cafe making food and serving patients in the Baptist Hospital Hickingbotham Outpatient Center in Little Rock. 

When she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and started her treatment at Baptist, she also started to experience chemo side effects, including weight and hair loss.

Her friend told her about a free service just one floor up.

"A lot of women, you know, don't feel comfortable when all their hair comes out, and they don't want to show their head."

Last week, we introduced you to Erica Williams, who is going through treatment for breast cancer for the second time. She got a new look from Look Good, Feel Better cosmetologist Arline Jackson.

The program also offers free wigs and scarves to cancer patients as a way to keep their spirits high.

"It will help them get stronger in going through what they're going through because when you're going through chemo it's a lot," Lewis said.

Eventually, Lewis had the confidence to go natural.

"The bald was pretty, so I went to my natural hair," Lewis explained.

Three years later, Lewis is cancer free, but still working in the Baptist Outpatient Center cafe, and still determined to spread smiles.

"As I work in Breezes I see a lot of them come down from CARTI," Lewis said. "You might see a bunch of them walk in crying and everything, so I go give them a hug and a prayer."

For more information on the Look Good, Feel Better program, click here.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in a Look Good, Feel Better makeover, you can email us at newsroom@katv.com.
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