Singer With Cancer Receives Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ Breast Cancer Survivor Launches Medical Wig Company for Curly and Coily Hair and More
A singer with cancer got the golden buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’.
Jane Marczewski, 30, auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday with a performance of her original song, “It’s OK.”
Marczewski revealed before her performance that she has been dealing with cancer in recent years. She said she has a 2% survival rate and some cancer in her lungs, spine and liver.
“It’s important that everyone knows that I am so much more than the bad things that happened to me,” Marczewski said.
After her song ended, Marczewski received a standing ovation from the audience and positive feedback from the judges.
“That felt like the most authentic thing I’ve heard this season,” said judge Howie Mandel.
Judge Simon Cowell hit the golden buzzer, which takes Marczewski straight to the round of live shows in the competition.
“You can’t wait for life to stop being difficult before you decide to be happy,” she said.
A breast cancer survivor launched a medical wig company for curly and curly hair types.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, Dianne Austin discovered she would lose all her hair due to chemotherapy.
“I was given a wig prescription that I could take to the store at the cancer treatment center, but I learned that they only sold straight wigs,” she wrote in a piece on Popsugar.
After looking around multiple hospitals in her area and researching several stores across the country for curly and curly wigs that resembled her real hair, Austin came to the conclusion that it would be difficult to find in many parts of the country. what she was looking for.
“I learned from those phone calls that this is certainly an issue across the country where cancer centers would have these products, but the products in particular are not intended for chemotherapy patients or other medical hair loss patients who want an alternative to a straight-haired wig, she wrote.
Austin was frustrated, but finally decided she wanted to make a difference for other women in the same position. She created Coils to Locs with her sister, Pamela Shaddock. The company makes Afro-textured wigs for women with a color that resembles their natural hair type.
“When we spoke to store buyers and managers, all we heard was, ‘We’ve been looking for these types of wigs for years and we haven’t been able to get them for patients,’” Austin wrote.
A filmmaker made a film about her cancer journey.
Tara Rule was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 22. She underwent several treatments and was in intensive care, and became seriously ill with the disease.
Rule decided to reenact the experience in a movie with her friend, Laura LaFrate, to share her emotional story. The 50-minute film ‘Cato’ shows the challenges she faced during her cancer journey, such as treatment, severe symptoms and using a wheelchair. The story is told from the perspective of Rule’s cat, Cato.
“It felt like he needed me, and I know my family and friends needed me too, but that day, when I thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ he just jumped on me,” Rule told Spectrum. News. ‘I don’t know what it was. He’s been kind of a mainstay for me.”
The film will premiere on June 12 at the Madison Theater in Albany, New York. Proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.
“There are a lot of missing pieces in my head, and I think it helped me see a point in my life that I wasn’t really there for,” Rule said.
A woman who died of cancer wrote that she wanted her funeral to be a celebration, and her friends and family were obliged.
Melissa Rhodes died of ovarian cancer in May at the age of 42. Before her death, she wrote her own obituary and added a request to her loved ones instead of mourning and avoiding “sad clothes.”
On May 18, her service was held at New Jersey’s Mastapeter Funeral Home, with attendees in Red Sox jerseys, WWE gear, Target uniforms (where she was an employee), or ghost attire from her children’s elementary school. Others wore teal to support ovarian cancer awareness.
The guests shared memories of Rhodes’ love for professional wrestling and singer Jon Bon Jovi, among others.
“She wanted it to be bright and fun, and that’s exactly what it was,” said Linda Carrol, a friend of Rhodes. “If I tell you it was a party, it was a party… There were (were) some tears, but it was just everyone talking about her and her life and what she left behind.”
Rhodes had two children, ages 6 and 8, and worked in Target’s human resources department.
“Melissa was basically trying everything she could to survive and be here for her two kids,” Carrol said. “Her two children were and still are everything she wanted, and everything she essentially lived and aspires to still be here.”
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