Tanya Burleson will tell you that hair loss is one of the hardest parts of going through chemotherapy.
After a biopsy revealed that Tanya had aggressive stage 1 HER2, estrogen-positive cancer she knew that there would be a long road to recovery. Working with Dr. Trehan, her oncologist, Tanya chose an aggressive treatment plan which caused her hair to fall out.
Thankful for her early detection and successful treatments, Tanya wanted to be able to give back to other patients in need. She began by donating wigs to Aultman Hospital featuring long-hair styles that would appeal to younger women battling cancer.
Though providing wigs was a step in the right direction, ideally Tanya wanted to prevent others from going through a similar struggle with hair loss. In speaking with Dr. Trehan, Tanya came across the idea of providing cold caps for Aultman patients.
Around this same time, Tanya’s district office at Farmers Insurance was preparing to host their annual golf outing. As the honoree for this year’s event, Tanya remained committed to her desire to help other local cancer patients. She worked closely with Dr. Trehan, Traci Hocking and the team at The Aultman Foundation to determine how the funds raised through this event could be used to help.
Through the generosity of the Tanya, her District Manager, Tim Willoughby and her team at Farmers Insurance, and the dedication of Dr. Trehan, Traci Hocking and The Aultman Foundation team, the event was a huge success. The proceeds from the golf outing totaled $5,378 and those funds will be used to help others dealing with and healing from the effects of chemotherapy.