Founded in 2004, Fashion Fights Cancer is a non-profit organization that offers innovative and therapeutic programs in fashion and design that help with the battle and recovery process of cancer. Our mission at Fashion Fights Cancer is to nurture the minds, bodies, and souls of patients and survivors of cancer through the fashion and design activities offered throughout the year.
FFC was founded to act as a sanctuary for cancer patients. In collaboration with local communities and international fashion houses, FFC seeks to empower cancer patients, survivors, and those who have been affected by the devastating illness in communities throughout the United States and internationally.
2004- Fashion Fights Cancer was founded
2009 – FFC program works with St Jude
2012- Featured in TWELV Magazine and featured Saskia De Brauw
2017,2018, 2019 – FFC takes program to Canada
2019- Therapeutic Online Workshops
These fashion and design programs are conceptualized as online and offline masterclass workshops where participants are encouraged to share their struggles, post-traumatic experiences, fears, hopes, and anything concerning their experience living with cancer. Cancer is the second most common death in the U.S. Throughout the years FFC has helped more than 300 patients, 99% of which were women and 1% were men. Over 3,000 volunteers have helped us serve these patients, and we’ve counted on the support of thousands of donors.
Cancer and Mental Health.
Cancer is a devastating disease that can cause patients/survivors to suffer from mental health problems. Cancer affects more than 10% of patients with the side effect of depression or anxiety.
Most patients experience some form of a mood disorder upon being diagnosed. Chemicals produced by cancer cause the brain to change and develop certain psychological and emotional stress factors. The mood of the patient can affect the progression of the illness and can create manifestations within the body. Associating positive experiences with the healing process aids in creating that inside the body.
Depressive symptoms increase the mortality rate of patients by 25% and are 3 times higher than the general population. Along with the pain of being diagnosed with the illness, different types of medications cause depression as well.
Anxiety in patients stems from a variety of fears such as, change of appearance, death, loss of independence, weakness and the fear of the cancer spreading. Anxiety causes disruption in the healing process and can lead to other severe side effects.
Practices such as monitoring the body and therapy sessions are used to reduce the level of stress that comes along with the worry of cancer. Although these practices do not prevent anxiety or depression, they manage and control it.
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