Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Help group pamper ladies fighting disease

Cancer is a widespread issue in our world. It's likely everyone we see has been affected by cancer either through personal struggles, their family or an acquaintance. Every day, people across the country are fighting for their lives and need all the support they can get.

That is why we are glad to see Tickled Pink, a Victoria group connected with First Victoria National Bank and Guardians of the Ribbon - South Texas Chapter, is accepting nominations for 10 ladies to receive a day of pampering in October.

This yearly event is a special occasion that we hope Crossroads residents will take advantage of. Living with and fighting against cancer is a tough battle that can leave a person feeling worn down, helpless and unsightly. Breast cancer affects about one in eight American women, according to breastcancer.org. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause a woman to lose her hair and feel anemic, fatigued, nauseated, have trouble swallowing, experience swelling and bruise or get infections easily. After facing such difficult side effects while struggling to overcome a deadly disease, cancer patients can be in desperate need of support and some pampering.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Tickled Pink is planning to honor 10 women who are currently battling cancer or are cancer survivors by giving them a full day of pampering Oct. 11, including stops at Hair Dimensions, McAdams Floral, Sky Restaurant and Woodhouse Day Spa and ending the day at a fundraising event at Club Westerner to support The Guardians of the Ribbon - South Texas Chapter.

We encourage residents to submit their nominations to Tickled Pink by bringing a 500-word essay to branches of First Victoria National Bank in Victoria, Edna and Port Lavaca. Nominations can also be mailed to First Victoria Tickled Pink, 7001 NE Zac Lentz Parkway, Victoria, TX 77904.

These women have faced a fight that many of us cannot imagine, and they are continuing to move forward. We applaud Tickled Pink for offering this annual day of pampering to honor the women who show amazing courage, and we encourage members of the community to take part in the nomination process and contribute to the fundraiser for Guardians of the Ribbon.

If we stand with cancer patients, we can make a difference in their lives and the lives of others around us.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.