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director, said participants thoroughly
Once a month, Dee Dee Keller treats
enjoy Spa Day, which is free to mem-
herself to a morning at the "spa."
bers. The program includes chair mas-
"I feel great, like I just had a day off
sage, reflexology, healing touch, reiki,
from cancer," said Keller, who was
diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. guided imagery, makeovers, facials,
manicures, meditation, yoga, art activi-
She participates in the Gilda's Club
ties and lunch. Volunteer professionals
Metro Detroit monthly Spa Day activi-
provide the services. -
"When you really need a boost, it is
"Whether I get a massage or my
great," Keller said. "It's a very comfort-
makeup done, it is just good to know
able environment, and everyone is very
that I took time for myself," she said.
accommodating. It's about
Spa Day has attracted
and you get to forget
up to 50 Gilda's Club
your problems for a few
members each month
since its launch nearly
Gilda's Club Metro
two years ago. And now,
Detroit is a free, non-resi-
thanks to fund-raising
dential cancer support
efforts on behalf of
community in Royal Oak
friends and family of the
founded by eight commu-
late Jill Hooberman, who
nity women whose lives
died at age 30 from liver
were touched by cancer.
cancer, Spa Day is getting
The signature red door to
a financial boost intended
the restored clubhouse
to keep the program
opened in 1998. The
2,600-member club is
A bowling fund-raiser
in memory of the
— the Jill Hooberman
Super Bowl, 10 a.m.
Detroiter Gilda Radner,
Sunday, Sept. 22, at
who died from ovarian cancer. Her
Royal Oak Lanes — already has raised
dream was to create a place where peo-
more than $60,000 for the fund. No
ple living with cancer, and their fami-
third-party event ever has raised this
lies and friends, could gather to support
much money, Gilda's Club officials say.
one another and celebrate life.
"If Jill could see the results of our
The next Gilda's Club Spa Day will
fund-raising efforts, she would have
take place Monday, Sept. 30, at the
one word: 'Awesome,"' said her mother,
clubhouse, 3517 Rochester Road, in
Proceeds from the event, which
For information on Spa Day, call Jan
includes bowling, food and children's
Kniahynycky at Gilda's Club, (248)
activities, will be donated to Gilda's
577-0800. For information on the
Club via the Jill Hooberman Spa Day
Bowl event, call Kimberly Lifson,
Fund. Tickets are $50 for adults; chil-
(248) 544-2843 or Carol Hooberman,
dren pay their age.
The Hooberman family created the"
fund and planned the fund-raiser to
support Spa Day because of Ms.
Hooberman's dying wish: that people
with cancer have access to spirit-renew-
The Jewish News is permanently
ing activities, such as massage. When
she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, changing its local news and
announcement deadlines, beginning
Ms. Hooberman found solace and
the issue of Oct. 4.
renewed energy from the massages she
press releases, Community
received at Trillium Spa in Birming-
Calendar and Mazel Tov! announce-
ments must be received by 3 p.m.
Of her sessions, Ms. Hooberman
10 days prior to publi-
once said, "It is the one hour a day —
that one hour to myself — when I.
don't have to think about my cancer.
For the Oct. 4 issue, materials
It's the healing touch of the massage
be received prior to 3 p.m.
that makes me feel so good."
Joe Perry, Gilda's Club program
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