I have been attending yoga class and volunteering as a fundraising consultant for Gilda's Club Seattle for quite a few years now. You may remember I was supposed to model in the fashion show last spring and make the pitch to ask for donations, but was hospitalized the day before the event with a serious infection.
Other than yoga and volunteering, I'm not especially active at Gilda's Club. Today, however, was spa day and I have always enjoyed participating in this activity. They divide up the day into two halves, from 11 AM - 2 PM and 2 PM - 5 PM. Local businesses send representatives to donate services such as massage, haircuts, makeup, manicures and pedicures. Plus there is always some fun arts and crafts project for those so inclined.
I showed up at 11 AM and signed up for a massage. Erin of Eastside Spine and Wellness gave me a delightful twenty minute chair massage, concentrating on my tight neck and shoulders. Then I wandered upstairs to receive a haircut from Erykah of Gene Juarez Salon in Northgate. She trimmed my bangs and evened out the top where my hair has grown in more quickly than any other spot since my last haircut. Eileen Fisher boutique had contacted some of their customers who donated gently used clothing for we cancer survivors to browse through and take home. Representatives from Mary Kay cosmetics were doing makeup. There was a bountiful lunch buffet also.
This spa day, which like all Gilda's Club activities, is free to people living with cancer. I passed a pleasant hour being pampered and taken care of, which in CancerLand can be a rare thing.
As you may know, charitable donations made by the end of December are tax-deductible for 2009. So if you are looking for a worthy cause to support during this season of giving, please consider making a donation to Gilda's Club, where people with cancer can come as they are for support, encouragement, and a little pampering.