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 spa visits for women going through cancer all around 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.
I recently turned 50 and so many friends wished me well; sent me love, flowers and cards. Because they know of the struggle it has been to get to this age. This is not a “all goes downhill from here”, but wearing this age as a badge of honor. I want you my Cancer Divas to realize Divas, "Yes, we can survive and yes, we can still feel beautiful."
Three cancers, starting 15 years ago. Who would have known that at age 35, me being a workout nut, eating right, living a drama free life with my husband that all would come crashing down? Within a 1.5 years of my first diagnosis, my marriage was over: my husband had pulled away, not able to deal with my condition; I had gotten bitter and I moved out. Then another diagnosis and another. Yet in that time, I became successful in my own world. But in the last diagnosis, I re-dedicated my life to God and to what I believe was my calling: to help other women who are battling and support them with counsel and sending them to spas all over the country. I realized that money and accolades are nothing if you are not helping others.
So my life is so much fuller than before; no, I may not have the money I used to have. But I am happier. Thank you God for so many wonderful friends and ladies I have met through what we consider adversity and are now joined together by something that seems so horrible. It has created such a bond of love and for that I would not take back one year of what I have gone through to be where I am today….grateful. - Daphne Evans, Founder of Heaven's Door