Breast cancer survivor uses blouses to help other patients

By WEEK Producer

May 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- We are just five days away from the 2013 Race for the Cure and Peoria's Metro Centre is flooded with pink.

According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes.

Peoria resident Ronda Guyton was diagnosed nearly a year ago. After her mastectomy, Guyton wanted to design a blouse with inside pockets for the drainage pouches that patients must wear post-surgery.

With the help of 12 Busy Bees, a volunteer group from Evangelical United Methodist Church in Washington, her dream is now reality.

On Monday, Guyton and the Busy Bees donated more than 200 "Mastectomy Blouses" to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and UnityPoint Health Methodist.

"As soon as I was diagnosed, I knew that I had to make a difference. So this allowed me to make a difference. I think the shirts will help make every woman feel more comfortable. She won't be depressed, because I think we feel good, when we look good, and perform in our healing process better," said Guyton.

"Over each shirt, we said a prayer...each person. So that is 12 little prayers that went up for breast cancer and the person that is going to wear this shirt," said Busy Bee volunteer Naomi Nichols.

Breast Cancer patients at the hospitals will receive the blouses for free following their surgeries.

If you would like to donate to the Mastectomy Blouse Project or to volunteer your sewing skills call Ronda Guyton at 309-472-4838.