Fort Myers Fashion Designer, Makes Monthly Donations to Breast Cancer PatientsBreast Cancer Awareness
Galen Magee, a Fort Myers Fashion Designer, has been donating custom-made robes to breast cancer patients’ at Lee Health’s Regional Cancer Center (RCC) monthly for over three years. We wanted to share Galen’s story and the positive effects he has had on our patients in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
This project was inspired by Galen’s mother Jayne, who is a breast cancer survivor. When Jayne was going through treatment, Galen sent her a kimono to wear every time she went for radiation.
“She would call me and tell me how it would make the treatments easier, how she felt protected,” Galen said. “When I heard that, I knew I needed to do this for more people.”
Starting in 2017, Galen has been donating around 20 robes each month to the RCC. Even when he was not able to enter the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions, he would meet Liz Bachoo-Garib, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, outside in the parking lot. During this time, it was more important than ever to donate these robes to make sure breast cancer fighters did not feel alone in their battles.
The robes are designed with multiple colors and patterns to show individuality and provide cancer patients with dignity during chemo treatments or post mastectomy. The robes also include pockets for surgical drains.
“Each time a woman receives a robe they are ecstatic,” Liz said. “I’ve had women tell me the robes make them feel beautiful and remind them that they are a woman first-- they’re not defined by breast cancer.”
You can visit Galen’s website at galenmagee.com, for every robe purchased one is donated to a local cancer patient.
Thank you Galen for inspiring us all! At Lee Health, we are caring people, fighting cancer. We are #LeeHealthStrong.
The Regional Cancer Center joins other top-tier cancer treatment centers in offering complementary therapies and services to cancer care that can reduce anxiety, stress, neuropathy, nausea, insomnia, pain and weight changes. Through the Regional Cancer Center, those in Southwest Florida do not have to leave home and the support of family and friends to receive the world-class care they need and deserve during their fight against cancer.
It takes many specialists and support staff to fight breast cancer. That is why the Regional Cancer Center offers a comprehensive care program, complete with oncologists, nurse navigators, a dietician, genetics counselor and more. The certified and dedicated team designs treatment programs that exceed national survivorship rates through a compassionate and collaborative experience.