Heaven’s Door Cancer Foundation is a wellness spa treatment and advocacy program, which started in 2005 by Daphne Evans, a multi-cancer survivor: ovarian, breast and spinal cancer. Ms. Evans, after a double mastectomy in 2005, began a spa program to pay for services to other women cancer patients based upon the benefits of her own spa treatments. HDCF helps women with cancer and advanced life threatening illnesses; its purpose are: 1) Diva Aftercare™: providing free spa and resort visits for women going through cancer across the U.S. to maintain their inner fortitude and self-esteem; and 2) Patient advocacy: Liaison to patients, assisting with additional medical care including research and enrollment in new clinical trials and treatments; 3) companionship and hospital chaplaincy during oncology appointments and related surgeries. Providing spiritual pastoral care to terminally ill patients and families.
To assist those with advanced life threatening illness; to maintain dignity, function and a high quality of life through out their course of illness. We will help women undergoing treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation cope with the emotionally traumatic and emotional side effects of treatment. The objective is to help patients regain and/or maintain a sense of self confidence and control over their lives and advanced life threatening illnesses.
1. Free spa visits or spa gift certificates to be seen by trained and licensed oncology and massage therapists. WE ARE NOW NATIONWIDE! Partnering with various spas and resorts within the patient's locale to provide a standard of excellence. Each participating spa receives Heaven's Door "Diva Aftercare™ Approved" banner and decal.
Enrollment Criteria (HDCF would like to help all, but right now this is our criteria):
HDCF then will:
Talk to you by phone, see how you are feeling and what stage you are in; how does your doctor feel about you receiving a spa treatment.
Research as to what location you are in so I can see what is available in your neighborhood.
Pay for the appointment and the tip.
Receive your promise that you will actually go to spa (call them for an appointment).
Have them take a picture of you while there and send to HDCF to add to our "Cancer Diva" page. Very simple.
2. Counseling, Support and Patient Advocacy: locally and nationally advocacy and ministry, offering spiritual support and counseling for patients and families during this difficult time as well as upon first diagnosis. Researching and helping patient enrollment in new clinical trials and current treatments. A liaison to patients, assisting in who need help with transportation, rental assistance, utilities assistance and medical help. Going into the homes and providing spiritual pastoral care to terminally ill patients and families.
Heaven's Door's goal is to promote a high quality accommodation for our visitors and their caregivers. Heaven's Door is NOT a medical facility, but will be available for assistance in the patient understanding and practicing aftercare instructions. Daphne Evans has used her own income and donations through fashion shows and fundraisers. Donate for A Cause as of 2013, became a national sponsor and HDCF is now looking for additional sponsors to assist with extra expenses for clinical trials and treatments. Daphne: "God is my Father and I believe He will provide in some way for me to to eventually to help my cancer family full time. If you have had someone in your life who has been touched by cancer - think of them today and if you feel to give in their memory all donations are appreciated."
A big "Thank You" goes to Heaven's Door Cancer Foundation's board member, Ruvi Calonsag- De Guzman for her love, networking and tenacity in making sure we received the link for scheduling the KTVU interview that featured HDCF and Jenny Beard, Heaven's Door Cancer Diva of 2014. Jenny passed away on March 19, 2015.
The Beautiful Cancer Warriors of Heaven's Door: these are the amazing women who are helped everyday as they battle this illness. Founded by Daphne Evans, an ovarian, breast and spinal cancer survivor. Soundtrack composed by Stephane Giovannelli.