FACE IN THE MIRROR FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.9 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 6615 N Scottsdale Rd Suite 112 Scottsdale AZ 85250 USA

Mission: IMPROVE THE OUTER WELL-BEING OF CANCER PATIENTS
Results: We are located at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Banner Desert Medical Center taking care of Oncology patients (women & men). At St. Joseph’s our volunteer visit Barrow's Neurological where we care for the brain tumor patients and also visit patients who are receiving Radiation. We have a Relaxation Retreat at Banner Desert where patients can receive soothing facials or relaxing hand and foot massages outside of the hospital environment. FIM also has children's outreach, All About Us Kids, which serve the children at Phoenix Children's Hospital and Maricopa Integrated Systems, seeing the child from the burn unit and all other childhood diseases. AAUK pampers the children and their mothers, provides them with toys, manicures, and games.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 4,000 cancer patients
Geographic areas served: Phoenix-metropolitan area
Programs: Provide a monthly "In Celebration of Life" Tea Party for the Cancer Patients, where hundreds of patients have found a day away from the medical worries, meet new friends, and truly celebrate life.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

I was very excited to go to Face in the Mirror. I have attended one time and I probably will never go again. After lunch for the rest of the two hours the facilitator wept and begged those in attendance for money. I felt this was extremely inappropriate to beg clients for money as everyone there was either a patient or a caregiver. I felt like I was supposed to pay for being there and the service was not free as advertised. When people are sick and this is supposed to make you feel better, no one wants to feel like you owe them for their time and false sense of concern for your welfare. I would definitely not recommend this group to any person going through serious medical issues.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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As the founder and operating the Mission 10 years ; pampering over 40,000 patients to date, we made this Mission one that would be and is, totally complementary. For 8 years thousands have attended the FIM tea. All for free. I regret you had the impression that FIM would be charging for the tea? Sadly, making you feel uncomfortable. Our pledge... as long as we can, is NO one pays for teas, products, service, nothing! As you found out, our tea was free, as is the valet who parks your car, a bag of $300.00 worth of free products, if you needed one, a wig if needed, scarves, hats, and all the follow up service. Possibly we would be better off financially if we did charge. But against many of my board members wishes and recommendations, we have made it this far by donations and sponsors, miracles, and taking another job to keep it open! If I am not mistaken, you attended one of our teas At this one were very excited in planning for 100 patients to have a special afternoon, and to walk down a runway, get a new outfit and sign up so we could find a donor to pay their way. It was suggested if anyone could find a sponsor ...all the better. No one did and we found 100 patients a seat @$100 each. Our world would be perfect if all good things came free. In the case of Face in the Mirror, it is our Mission, promise, and commitment. Your story is one of a kind. Wishing you all good things :).

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I had a brain tumor in 2002. I still go to support group at St Joseph's Hospital. I appreciate that their our encouraging things to do and feel that we are supported before and after our surgeries. I see other people on their IVs when I go and get a facial or hand massage, I keep a smile on my face and remind others that Face in the mirror foundation is such a blessing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Face in the Mirror is a truly amazing organization that brings comfort, hope and empowerment to those suffering from cancer. The moment I learned of Face in the Mirror and their mission I knew I had to get involved. Cancer is an illness that has scarred all of us in some way, whether it is through a personal battle with it, or seeing a family member or loved one go through the debilitating effects of it. Face in the Mirror is doing more than pampering cancer patients; They are touching the inner person, giving back dignity and hope and reflecting their inner strength to conquer their illness.

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So beautiful when one gets the real meaning and Mission of Face in the Mirror. Our new tag line seems more appropriate now. That is Hope Beyond Cancer. Your words confirm that this is what we Do and what we Are! Thank you! Xx Barbara

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Face in the Mirror is a refreshing break from being a "cancer patient" to being a "pampered woman!"

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LOVE this ...do you mind if we use it? So so perfect and happy you feel this way. Expecting your miracle. Barbara.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a breast cancer survivor, Face in the Mirror has helped me on my journey to wellness. I have
attended their monthly Teas since prior to my surgery and treatment in 2010. Barbara is truly an
angel with a vision that she is taking to fruition. I recommend this organization to all diagnosed
with Cancer and their families. Their support and kindness are unmatched.

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Thank you for the kind words. I pray you are doing well? Please if you don't already...come and join us in the monthly In Celebration Of Life teas / luncheon. Would love to have you make yourself known to me. Hugs and expecting your continued healing and miracle! Xx Barbara.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Although I have stage 4 breast cancer and am a Canadian Face in the Mirror welcomed me. I met many other people doing there best to continue living (not just existing) with cancer This organization helps people to not give up on themselves. They even gave me a beautiful embroidered bag with all minds of skiin care products. When you pay large amounts for medication it is easy to forget the little extras such as make up and skin care. They even have volunteers that teach us how to make the best of chemo side effects like hair loss and dry cracking skin. My bat is off to Face in the Mirtor .

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Thank you...and my "bat is off" to you, for speaking your thoughtful and kind words. I hope you are doing well and that your miracle is just around the corner. Know we give refills of the products that are helping and of course offer the wonderfully uplifting monthly tea/ luncheon. if you are not on our invite list let us know your email and we will send you a monthly reminder. Be well and hugs to you as you continue this journey hopefully together. Barbara

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Our first contact with Face in the Mirror occurred as our cousin was suffering from cancer. We spent each Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings with her. On one specific Wednesday morning she seemed to be more chipper than usual. We found out the reason for that was Carina, from Face in the Mirror was coming. We saw the whole thing, the expectations of the patient before, the massage during and the after glow. What a marvelous gift this was. One that I will never forget.

As a cancer patient myself, I have also received gifts from Carina and want you to know they are greatly appreciated.

Face in the Mirror is a wonderful foundation and deserves your support.

Terry Spahr

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Dear Terry. Thank you for your most important confirming and supportive words. I felt all warm inside reading them. Not only did we help you, but also your cousin. I pray you both are improving daily and one day soon will be free from this challenge you have had to face. Know we are there if and when you need us. And the tea is our way to support you and your cousin monthly. Hope you continue to remain in touch. Thank you again for taking your time to write your heart. xx.expecting your miracle Barbara

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is such an awesome non profit organization. I found out about this organization about 5 years ago, when my friend Susan Castaneda was diagnosed with cancer. My friend passed away a year ago and Face in the Mirror was there for her till the end. Face in the Mirror stepped in an made a difference in her life and soo many other cancer patients. Awesome employees... Thanks again for all you do. Great organization.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Awwwwww Susan...our dear friend. Not only my personal friend, but truly one of Face In The Mirror's Mission ! We were blessed to meet her and get to really know her and do as much as we could for her, while on her long walk with Ovarian Cancer. Thank you for recognizing this on her behalf. I Loved her so much as did many ...and miss her as I feel you do as well ...thank you for speaking to our Mission and it's effects and how they came to help Susan. She would have loved that! Her support and love carried my heart for years. May you continue to spread our good works and please stay in touch. Hugs. Barbara

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been part of Face In The Mirror over 8 years and have been so blessed to help in making a difference in a person's life. I saw amazing results whenever a volunteer would visit a patient and pamper them as they went through such a difficult time in their life. After the visit hey were so encouraged and appreciative. The numerous positive feedback from the patients encouraged me as well. There are no other organizations like this mission that offer such wonderful encouragement of love. I am very grateful to be part of such a mission of love.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure to suggest that everyone that has been touched by Face In The Mirror "pay it forward". Find a way to share FIM's story that would make such an impact in their life that they would not hesitate to give so that FIM would help many more patients.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Face In The Mirror gives the volunteers an opportunity to help a woman or man through their battle with cancer. Face In The Mirror gave me that opportunity and I volunteered for 1 year. I have always liked to volunteer my time but this moment in time has been most rewarding. Now I work for Face In The Mirror and I have the privilege of placing the volunteers in all the hospitals affiliated with Face In the Mirror. I have been involved with Face In The Mirror for 2 ½ years and there is never a day that I do not get a call from a patient to thank a Face In the Mirror volunteer for taking the time to help them feel better about themselves and to help them during a very tough time in their life. The patient is overwhelmed with gratitude for the time they were given to comfort them through their battle. Face In The Mirror teaches the volunteer to celebrate life and to bring this celebration to every patient that they visit. Face In The Mirror also gives the volunteer the chance to be able to help on a one to one basis and see the difference it makes on the patient. I have experienced seeing that difference in a patient’s face and that is Face In the Mirror’s mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I learned to see the person not the disease. I have met many other wonderful volunteers that have a heart to give of themselves. My faith in humanity has been restored. I have learned to celebrate life in my own life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Take their service to every hospital with cancer patients and change the "face of cancer...one patient at a time."

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer of this foundation for almost a full year now after being introduced by a colleague. This is undoubtedly the most gratifying volunteer position I have ever held because I am able to visibly see a difference in a patient's life every single day. At the beginning of the visit, people are astonished that this is actually offered in a hospital. After the visit, I leave with many thank you's and kind words. It makes me so happy that I am able to provide for someone in their time of need through Face in the Mirror :)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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