Tami Floyd Fogleman, a cosmetologist, professor, and salon owner in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has received the national Sunrise Award for American Cancer Society as thanks for her work in the Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) program for women with cancer. She has been working with the program since her earliest days in the field of cosmetology.
She started 25 years ago in 1990 and immediately fell in love with the program. LGFB was relatively new at the time. It was a local program meant to help women in Myrtle Beach suffering from cancer to feel better about themselves as a part of the recovery process. Now, LGFB has volunteers in multiple states. Fogleman was just one of three LGFB volunteers that received the National Sunrise Award presented every year by the Professional Beauty Association to honor volunteer service.
The Professional Beauty Association is joined by the American Cancer Society and the Personal Care Products Foundation in supporting LGFB and other organizations like it. They work together to help encourage and equip licensed cosmetologists and estheticians to provide makeovers for women undergoing chemotherapy treatments. As a result, LGFB programs are now held in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and in Puerto Rico, using products donated by the Personal Care Products Council’s member companies.
While the program has many volunteers, Fogleman is being honored not just as a participant but as a hub for the program in her area. Tami dedicates every Monday to workshops for cancer patients, some with as many as 20 women. Every patient receives a gift of free cosmetics as well as tips on how to apply makeup and other beauty products without risk of contaminating the body. Cancer patients often have lowered immune systems as a part of the chemotherapy process, and Fogleman’s tips are an important part of staying beautiful and staying healthy.