Beyond Beauty: A Warrior's Story is a book of triumph, love, tears and laughter – with a shot of “Divatude”. If you have gone through the struggles of this journey or have watched as a loved one has fought, then this is a book to celebrate creating fierce beauty despite the diagnosis. This coffee table book depicts women going through some of the toughest times in their lives to turn it around -- standing tall and beautiful.
Each woman shares her story, her fears and her inspiration, virtually holding others' hands going through the same diagnosis. There are stories of women who share their triumph at survival. There are others who share their triumph in transition - you will read their last conversations and be so inspired.
Daphne Evans is Founder and CEO of Heaven's Door Cancer Foundation, starting in 2005 after coming home from a double mastectomy. She has also been diagnosed and has survived ovarian cancer in 1998 and metastatic spinal carcinoma in 2009; she has been cancer free since 2010. Daphne has visited hospitals to be with her sisters and has placed cancer patients from the hospital into national magazine photo shoots, TV and fashion runways in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reaching out to thousands of women to visit them, send them to spas across the country since 2005. As she encourages her divas to come with stiletto shoes to have prayer and take selfies before being wheeled into surgery, her mantra is "We will NOT be defined by our diagnosis."
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.
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):
1. In the middle of your battle, by recent surgery or recurrence of your cancer.
2. On chemo/radiation treatments.
3. Those who have recently come into remission up to 1 year.
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.
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."
We cannot do any of this without your help - if you would like to donate to this amazing cause, every amount is appreciated. Thank you and God Bless!