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Causes: Health

Mission: IMPROVE THE OUTER WELL-BEING OF CANCER PATIENTS

Results: We were located at St. Joseph’s Medical Center Center taking care of Oncology patients (women & men). At St. Joseph’s our volunteers visited Barrow's Neurological where we cared for the brain tumor patients and also visited patients who were receiving Radiation. We also had a relaxation room where patients could receive soothing facials or relaxing hand and foot massages outside of the hospital room environment. FIM also has a children's outreach, All About Us Kids, which served the children at Phoenix Children's Hospital and Maricopa Integrated Systems, seeing the child from the burn unit and all other childhood diseases. AAUK pampered the children and their mothers, provided 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.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Face in the Mirror (FIM) is the most wonderful charity in Arizona. I am a twice breast cancer survivor and FIM has done so much to raise my self esteem and make me feel happier and attractive. They hold a monthly tea party for everyone (men, women, children) who have had any kind of cancer. They offer free beautiful wigs They give us free beauty products that are not loaded with toxic ingredients. They make us feel special. Every month at the tea party they have special presentations which are fun, interesting, and informational. I feel very blessed to be in Arizona. I used to live on the East Coast and they had nothing as wonderful as this. I donate to FIM because while there are other good cancer organizations, I feel that FIM has been the best. I have also made fabulous new friends here and we support each other. Thank you FIM. There are not enough words to express how grateful I am to FIM.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The teas are amazing. New things to learn not only from the podium although I personally love being presented with good information and new perspectives of how to look and deal with our issues and concerns. At the teas we all also learn from the people we sit with and the new friends we make. FACE IN THE MIRROR is amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went because a friend who was familiar with the organization recommended I go. It was a wonderful lunch, speakers and beauty products, all free of charge. They make the ladies feel special. It's really a wonderful organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2008, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Brain Cancer. I was given 2 years to live & didn't know where to turn. No one around me understood what I was going through because they hadn't been in my shoes. Not that they didn't care, but because they just couldn't possibly know the fear of what lied ahead.
Face in the mirror foundation means so much to me. They do understand, Barbara has been there to see her sister suffer as we have, and She brings cancer survivors together, who do understand, and it allows us for that one day for to communicate with other cancer survivors, from newly diagnosed to long term survivor, and from brain cancer to breast cancer... no cancer is excluded.
We are made to feel we matter, feel beautiful and get much needed pampering. I have made very special friends through Face in the mirror, and have friends who have received the massages and wigs, and facials in their most dire moments. What they do for us on our Journey is priceless, and puts a smile on our face, as we escape, even for just a couple of hours, our daunting treatments, Doctors visits and days stuck in bed.
in 2015, my sister was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and lost her hair. I knew where to go, and I took her to Face In the Mirror's Tea party. She was given a wig, and the smile on her face was priceless.
If you are considering donating to Foundation that makes a difference... This is the one. They have touched my life, and gave me precious memories with 2 dear friends who lost their battles with Cancer. I am forever grateful to them and for what they do.

Oh and by the way... on the 28th I celebrate 9 years, and on the 26th, my sister celebrates 2!!- FIGHT THE FIGHT!!!!!

Sharon Shimek

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have found the volunteers of "Face in the Mirror" to be compassionate and passionate about what they do. They have always been available and create a supportive environment for cancer patients. Going to their luncheons, getting massages, and receiving wonderful skin care products and make-up helped me feel feminine and pretty after a double mastectomy. Face in the Mirror is a wonderful organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a recovering Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma patient, this organization has been a godsend. It has been there to lift my spirits, make me feel beautiful again, and give me a monthly outing to look forward to where I was treated like a queen and able to visit with others who understood what I was going through. I am able to "let my hair down" and share with my fellow cancer patients without censoring my words. We receive a beautiful meal, free organic personal Shaklee products, a massage/make over and wig fitting. This community "gets us" and knows what we need and desire. Thank goodness for a nonprofit that's main goal is to bring joy and hope to cancer patients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Face in the Mirror Foundation is a wonderful nonprofit and deserves recognition and funding. This is a foundation that truly gives. There is no standing in line or paperwork to fill out in order to receive. We, as cancer patients are given quality product for our faces. After treatment, the skin on my face changed so much that I did not know what to do. In walks a volunteer from Face in the Mirror while i was receiving treatment in the hospital and not only does she treat my face and hands to a massage, she dresses my face up in the most soothing makeup and then leaves me enough product so that I may continue on my own. Plus, I was invited to a tea party that occurs once a month. At the tea party, the tables were decorated with cloth and fresh flowers in vases. Volunteers wearing pink jackets were engaged in all sorts of activities from making sure I had a name tag and serving food to applying make up on newcomers to the tea party. I was provided a delicious lunch, more product, uplifting testimonials from cancer survivors and words of wisdom from a speaker. Any time I need product, I just call the Face in the Mirror office and they will send me product to my house or have it waiting for me to pick up at the next tea party. Over the years I have observed the faces of the women who regularly attend the tea parties. They look more relaxed; more content than they did in the beginning days of attending tea parties. I think this is so because they have a sense of belonging. That is the by product of what Face in the Mirror has done for us: we belong; we are part of a group; a holistic, upbeat; awe inspiring group that has been through much. Face in the Mirror provides us structure to be present in the moment and share our thoughts, concerns, smiles and joy with others who have walked in our shoes and others who are there to root us on. It is meaningful that the concept for Face in the Mirror originated with one of our own whose fight ended too soon and Face in the Mirror was started by someone close to her. So many layers; so much emotion; so much life is contained in the Face in the Mirror Foundation. It is a Foundation like no other, and therefore; deserves support in the same intensity that it gives.

7 Lucia S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation is top notch. Everyone speaks to you with love and so caring. I've had fun each time I've gone...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Going to a Tea Party is a celebration of life. There is so much caring and kindness .....it uplifts the spirit.

6 Zoie L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for always coming with a smile and caring for those who have gone through cancer in so many ways!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

7 BabyInc E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone here is EXTREMELY AWESOME. I always want to go and be there but I'm always working or at Doctors appointments. But I would love to go to Tea Parties EVERYDAY. .. Meeting allot of new people that are all amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 and after surgery started my chemo regimen with Dr. Janicek at Arizona Oncology. What a blessing he and his staff have been. In early 2016 I was invited to attend a Tea Party at Face in the Mirror. I am not typically a social person, but did agree to give it a shot, hoping it would be a positive experience and not a 'Debbie Downer'! What a delightful experience!
It was a positive and upbeat atmosphere, a nice hand massage and a basket of lotions and potions plus a lovely luncheon served with beautiful smiling faces. Clearly this is something I look forward to attending . Recently 2 of my sisters. visited from out of state and attended with me. They were extremely impressed and loved the speakers as well. Face in the Mirror does good work for which I am so very grateful. Thank you. Connie

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Michele and I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer back in April 2015. When treatment caused my hair to fall out, Face in the Mirror, provided me with a beautiful wig that I'm still wearing. It's such a nice wig that enhances my face and people compliment me all the time. Additionally, they provided me environmentally green face creams and make up along with some head dresses. The ladies are so wonderful. This charity is very special and a real blessing to those in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi I'm Anne, I have stage 3c ovarian cancer diagnosed in Nov. 2012 I will be on chemo for the rest of my life.
I try not to let it get me down, FIM was a real blessing to me at a time when the world fell apart for me and my family. A beautiful lady named Karina visited me around my second treatment. She was so upbeat and helpful, She helped me pick a wig for my upcoming baldness. She brought me a lovely quilted lap blanket, then a crocheted pin, head wraps, Shaklee products, and just before her last day at St. Joseph, a beautiful bracelet.
Gifts and massages don't take away the cancer, but the caring .loving way I was treated by Karina did at least make going to chemo less stressful. I miss her visits , there is no FIM presence in the new cancer center, I can still obtain Shaklee items by phone, but it's not the same. I talk with other patients and we all miss the pampering and love shown when we had FIM visits. I truly wish FIM could bring back Karina or someone to pamper us a little, the nurses are great, but like I told Karina, she is the only one who came in who wasn't going to stick us with needles. We had a chuckle over that remark, but seriously, bring that comfort back, it was a real gift. If you knew Karina, it was a treat to see what she would be wearing, and how she would do her hair, she always dressed up for us, she looked like she stepped out of a fashion magazine. Thank you FIM for the memories.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Face in Mirror my Life saver. I was diagnose with cancer end of November 2013. I started my chemo treatments in MN end of December & continue with Dr Monk S Joseph's Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ Feb 1st, 2014. Dr Monk was the Principal investigator on the clinical trial I was on.

I arrived in Phoenix with no hair and wig/hair covers I had were friends & hairdresser's as I was awaiting a "voucher" for same from ACS. "Face in the Mirror" immediately supply me with head covers, lotions & creams and each week foot massages etc . I was "pamper"!!! and it felt so good!!
Bought calm to mind, body & spirit!.
Their monthly "In Celebration of life" Tea luncheon are fabulous. ....they are a time to meet new friends, to realize you are not alone, enjoy beautifully prepared tea and entertainment. We receive makeup, hand massage etc etc

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Amy and I have Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer. The first day that I went to the infusion lab to receive chemotherapy was the scariest day ever. It was the unknown of what was going to happen, what side effects would I suffer, and would it all work and save my life. I was greeted by wonderful people from the front office to the nurses and all were fantastic and professional! But the moment that Corina, from Face In The Mirror walked in and said "I am here to comfort you through this experience" I was truly relieved for the first time. She offered the comfort of a warm smile, a loving touch as she massaged my feet, and she played lovely, calming music. She was so kind and comforting and as if the massage wasn't enough, she gave me lotions, makeup, and other care products to take home. She offered to help me with makeup tips and wig fittings as though needs came up. I was overwhelmed by how kind this organization was and that it all stemmed from the love of one sister to another. So beautiful! If I won the lottery, I would donate every penny to this organization so that they can continue to take the worst time in a person's life and add some hope!

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Expecting miracles Barbara 11/01/2014

Dear Amy. Thank you for taking the time to speak to the results and comfort you found through our Mission. I am always so humbled and smile from deep inside to know yes...we do make a difference.... and it is a another confirmation that I am grateful I kept my promise to Charlotte, my sister. Our Patient Supervisor, Carina, is one of our angels; who gives and gives again of her love and dedication to and for others. We are blessed to have her on our team! She has a calming presence and your continued walk with her should be nothing short of wonderful comfort:) Your words have warmed my heart and make it once again...worth while! May your journey be a swift recovery, I know we will be there. Please remember that! Expecting your miracle, Barbara.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AS A 22 yr. SURVIVOR AND GRATEFUL /CLIENT/ PARTICIPANT IN THIS LIFE-SAVING ORGANIZATION, I am so grateful AND THANK GOD every hour of every day for the unselfish devotion that the organizers and giving volunteers have gone through over these multiple years to make us, AS CLIENTS/PARTICIPANTS to enjoy a more fruitful life. With such UPLIFTING PROGRAMS (speakers, both professional and medical) and providing artsy/crafty projects (to assist/help us get through this phase. AND: WE ARE TREATED TO THEEEE MOST DELICIOUS LUNCH PROVIDED BY ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL HERE IN PHOENIX, Also, another AND: GRATEFUL TO THE COMPANIES THAT PROVIDE US FREE COSMETICS AND ACCESSORIES TO: KEEP US ----- -NOT AFRAID TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR !!

Bobbie Rogers

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Expecting miracles Barbara 11/01/2014

Thank you, dear sweet Bobbie Rogers. You inspire us to keep on keeping on year after year. Love u to pieces. Barbara

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Rating: 5

As a breast cancer survivor, I understand the feelilng of loss which is reflected in many ways, not the least of which is the aspect of feminity. I support friends who are going through the process of loss and healing after their diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Recently a friend related her experience of first day chemo when a lady she described as "angelic" ministered to her a facial and hand massage. It was so welcomed and comforting on that particular long, tiring day of treatment. The "angel" was a volunteer from Face in the Mirror. I was invited to be this friend's guest at Face in the Mirror's monthly tea at St Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. It was most uplifting to watch others currently undergoing treatment , and experience for myself, the special gift of personal beauty products, a speaker with a positive message, and lovely spread of food to nourish our physical senses.
This organization does a great service and I support the effort to grant them special nonprofit status.
Glenda Myers, Scottsdale , Az

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Expecting miracles Barbara 11/01/2014

Thank you for these kind words. Please know we are there for you and all the women and men taking on the biggest challenge of their life! Our teas are monthly, I hope you are on our email list so you can come again and again and bring a guest. . Be well and hugs. Barbara.

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Rating: 5

Laying in my hospital room with a collapsed lung 3 days after my first of two breast cancer surgeries, a friendly woman walked into my room. She was from Face in the mirror. I can't say I was very responsive to her visit but as she patiently talked, I felt comforted that someone was reaching out to me as I felt overwhelmed. I was so delighted that someone cared about the emotional repercussions of my surgery and wanted to address the fact that I felt less than beautiful after my surgery. This organization has proved to be a sisterhood that understands what a women goes through after breast surgery. I cannot thank them enough for giving me a much needed boost and for recognizing the emotional toll, not just physical of breast cancer. Thank goodness for their fantastic work!

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Expecting miracles Barbara 11/01/2014

Wow! Thank you for these incredibly uplifting words. We do journey daily through the halls of hospital facilities, taking care, healing and helpful skincare products, wigs and all we can do to help touch the outer and inward spirit; with the hope we will help you find hope beyond cancer! Your letter was one of confirmation. And thank you for expressing it in a way that warmed and comforted my heart! Sometimes we all need that. Today you helped me:). Hugs and please know we will be there for you when you need us again. Join in our teas and let us continue to support your journey. Xx. Barbara.

5 Maria114

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Rating: 5

Face in the Mirror is an outstanding organization. They provide assistance, products and best of all they make us feel loved. I have attended many of their monthly meetings that offer support and an opportunity to meet other people that have have the same illness that I do.

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Expecting miracles Barbara 11/01/2014

Thank you! You prove by this note, Face in the Mirror has done what we want to do... continue on your journey; that IS our Mission's purpose. Not to just be there once, but to continue being there as long as you allow. So happy you take part in our monthly tea/ luncheons! Hugs and all the best to you on the walk we take together. Xx Barbara.