By Katherine Mansfield
WASHINGTON, Pa. — Born of the grieving system was Elana’s Blessings, a Washington-centered nonprofit co-started in 2015 by Jessica Seger Hilker and her brother David Seger, to honor their late mom, Elana, who died in 2014 adhering to a 16-yr fight with breast cancer.
In the course of that struggle, Elana Seger ongoing dressing up, executing her hair and makeup when she went out, even to her treatment options.
“After she handed, I understood that was her way of … currently being standard, for deficiency of far better conditions. You reduce your hair, you reduce your eyebrows. Regrettably some shed their breasts. There is absolutely nothing regular about it. It was her way of hiding all the outcomes that were being happening to her that she didn’t want anyone to see,” Seger Hilker reported.
Elana’s Blessings, which serves the Washington County, Pa., and Cleveland, Ohio, locations, features attractiveness periods to women of all ages battling any variety of most cancers, so they can sense as significantly themselves as feasible while navigating a planet of doctor’s appointments, treatment plans and uncertainty.
Pals, relatives and local community associates might nominate a lady battling most cancers on Elana’s Blessings web page, and decide on the offer appropriate for that woman’s journey. Nominations are open to women of all ages at any phase of most cancers, from the recently identified to all those who have fought for years and want a decide on-me-up.
“Everybody’s prognosis is various. We can tailor every single package deal to whatever that person’s wants are,” said Seger Hilker.
All deals include an Elana’s Blessings gown and tumbler, a compression bra, notebook and Beauty Counter items. Wig deals appear with a present card to community spouse Studio 7, to set toward the invest in of a wig, when mastectomy and spa packages involve pillows or spa gift cards.
Elana’s Blessings fits females for bras and associates with neighborhood hospitals and oncology models to supply pre-op mastectomy packages or literature that guides women as a result of their journeys.
“Big photograph: I would like to have a room wherever women could meet for assist teams, and be equipped to have anything below just one umbrella. I want I could educate them in extra approaches,” Seger Hilker claimed.
She’d also really like to companion with nearby nonprofits who share the popular purpose of supporting people navigate a cancer analysis.
Up coming calendar year, Seger Hilker strategies to again host an Elana’s Blessings gala, which has been on a two-year hiatus owing to the pandemic.
Till then, Elana’s Blessings welcomes donations large and compact on the net by means of PayPal or via verify as a result of U.S. Postal mail.
“One of the most significant matters in our mission is to create a feeling of aid and neighborhood. The toughness that these girls are enduring in their fight is incredibly courageous. To be ready to aid them with the resources they need to have, I really feel would be extremely comforting for me if I was in that circumstance,” Seger Hilker stated. “Helping all these females and offering them the guidance that they need to have assists make the determination we want to give to the community.”
Katherine Mansfield is a reporter for the Herald-Typical of Uniontown. Assisting the Helpers is a joint energy amongst the Herald-Normal and the Pennsylvania Cash-Star. E-mail her at [email protected].