Buddy Check 25: Innovation through a cancer experience

By WEEK Producer

September 25, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Worldwide, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one woman is diagnosed with the disease every two minutes.

But, thanks to early detection and better treatments, more women are beating the disease than ever before.

Still, just getting dressed after surgery can be difficult and painful.

Patients often have drainage pouches with nowhere to place them.

After her mastectomy, Ronda Guyton was inspired to make sure patients have easy to wear blouses with inside pockets for the drainage pouches.

But, Ronda is not a seamstress. So, she enlisted the help of some friends called the Busy Bees.

The Busy Bees are volunteers from Evangelical United Methodist Church in Washington. They hope to make 500 mastectomy blouses to distribute to patients at OSF St. Francis and Methodist Medical Centers.

"She came to my office to see me after the surgery and she was telling me about some of the things that she would have needed after surgery, because getting dressed and getting ready to go home was very difficult," said Volunteer Karen Jacobs. "You got all these tubes and everything else and what do you do with it?"

To donate fabric or to volunteer to sew, call Ronda at (309) 472-4838.

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