A big "Thank You" goes to my dear sister and board member, Ruvi Calonsag- De Guzman for her love, networking and tenacity for the KTVU interview that featured Heaven's Door Cancer Foundation and Jenny Beard! Jenny passed away on March 19, 2015. See our interview below.
Monday, Nov 2, 2009 @05:51am CST
The idea behind it is to help women recovering from cancer feel a little bit more like themselves again. "I've survived breast cancer and ovarian cancer and now I have a kind of cancer in my spine," said Daphne Evans. "I'm what they call a triple threat," said Evans.
In addition to fighting off cancer, Daphne has also made it her mission to help other women avoid a painful recovery. "It's just so hard to go home by yourself. I know when i had my double mastectomy I just looked at myself in the mirror and cried," said Daphne.
She started Heaven's Door. It's a place where women recovering from cancer can stay for a short time. They can also get free massages and pedicures, try on wigs and get support from other women. "I call it Diva Aftercare," said Daphne.
April Kendall had a double mastectomy three weeks ago. She calls Heaven's Door, a life saver. "We feel so alone sometimes and so insecure with everything that's happening," said April.
Nearly 20 people have volunteered their time to make this project happen. That includes two massage therapists, two interior designers and 12 Missouri State students. "We wanted a place where women could have a relaxed experience after going from a hospital which is so cold and sterile," said Interior Designer Julie Wade.
April knows she can never pay Daphne back for what she's doing, but she's going to try to pay it forward. Anybody who's going through what I'm going through, I'm going to be there for them and help them out," said April.
Eventually Heaven's Door will also include a spa on Primrose street in Springfield, but Daphne is still waiting to get the zoning approved for that project. If you're interested in learning more about the Heaven's Door Oncology and Wellness Foundation-- go to its website at http://www.heavensdooropen.com/ or call (417) 429-2259.