Happy Holidays to my loveys! This has been a wonderful year. So many blessings in meeting more and more ladies across the country. Some of our girls have passed on and my heart aches for them and their families. You all have become my sisters.
Please remember to take the time to share your love, by word AND deed. Pick up the phone if you haven't for awhile and tell someone you love them. Reach out and hold their hand. Kiss a cheek. Or just smile at someone as you walk down the street. You never know how much you may make a difference. I love you all so much!!
Heaven’s Door Cancer Foundation is a wellness spa treatment and advocacy program for women with cancer and advanced life threatening illnesses. Heaven’s Door purpose is Diva Aftercare™: providing free luxury spa and resort visits for women going through cancer across the U.S. to maintain their inner fortitude and self-esteem. Daphne Evans is a multi-cancer survivor: ovarian, breast and spinal cancer.
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, chemo or radiation cope with the emotionally traumatic and emotional side effects of treatment. The objective is to help patients regain 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.
CRITERIA (we would like to help all, but right now this is Heaven's Door's criteria)
We 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.
Then receive your promise that you will actually go to spa (call them for an appt.)
Have them take a picture of you while there and send me it to me 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. A liaison to patients 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. So far I have been using my own income and donations through fashion shows and fundraisers. 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.
On October 5th, we celebrated October Breast Cancer Awareness and my 8th anniversary since being diagnosed with breast cancer! My co-host and board member, Sheila Ash (also a breast cancer survivor) and honored and presented 2012 and 2013 Heaven's Door Divas of the Year, Zabeen Ismail and Celeste Wright with their Angel Wings for fighting breast cancer in the last 12 months with tenacity and class.
Thank you to my dear Mauro Dosolini, owner of the Sausalito Seahorse, who served us pink champagne and wine, beautiful flowers on the table and just an excellent host all around. Thank you to my dear brother Drew Youngs who took wonderful photos of all of us. The incomparable Freddy Clarke, who played wonderful music all night!
Celeste Wright and Zabeen Ismail: Heaven's Door Cancer Foundation Women of the Year, receiving their "Angel Wings"
Wonderful news is constantly coming! Another corporation has decided to sponsor Heaven's Door. Virginia Babcock, the president of Donate For A Cause (http://www.donateforacause.org/) contacted me a few weeks ago, excited about what I am doing for my girls. She said they have already raised nearly a half million this year to go to charities and wants to add Heaven's Door Cancer Foundation to the list!
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Her letter: " I am really looking forward to working with your organization to help expand the number of amazing you help through Heaven's Door. Please find enclosed check to help fund the services for these ladies. I am excited to see how much money we can generate for your cause."
Thank you all for your love, prayers and support; we are on our way. ♥
Heaven's Door Cancer Foundation hosted its first "Viva La Diva Spa Day" at the beautiful Pat Vinatieri Winery! These day retreats are for a small group of my local Divas I have selected who have been going through a tough time physically through cancer or a life threatening illness. This day of serenity included a private massages by Massage to Go in Napa; facials by Liliana Aranda. Lunch was catered by Ladies Who Lunch Catering. Wellness presentation was hosted by Ruvi Calonsag De Guzman, a board member of Heaven's Door and Arbonne International regional VP. The ladies toured the vineyard and grounds; some sat or snoozed in the sun to the sound of nature.
A good time was had by all and it gave me joy to be able to serve these amazing women battling such life threatening illnesses. To see these smiling faces was such a blessing!