Lions honor Hometown Hero Diana Lee
Woman has helped cancer patients feel better about their appearance
Diana Lee has been making cancer patients smile for the last 15 years.
She does not use a feather, a joke book or a jack-in-the-box. Instead, her tools are a tube of lipstick, an eyebrow pencil and a good sense of style.
And because she has learned to master these instruments, and has made it a point to volunteer her spare time making cancer patients feel good about themselves, Lee — a cosmetologist and owner of Lady Di’s Universal Hair Studio — was named by the Grand Junction Lions Club as this year’s Hometown Hero.
“I am not the only one who does this; there is a great big team of people,” Lee said.
The “team,” as Lee likes to say, are the participants of the Look Good Feel Better program, born from a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Society.
It was a program Lee immersed herself in the minute she learned of its existence, said her nephew, James Lee, during a video presentation at the Lions Club event Tuesday at the Two Rivers Convention Center.
Diana Lee and her nephew were watching television when a commercial for the Look Good Feel Better program aired.
“She decided right then and there, that is what she is going to do,” he said.
During the award ceremony, Lion’s Club member Reford Theobold said Diana Lee is one of 13 cosmetologists in the Grand Junction area who help cancer patients feel like they can face the world again.
Often patients go through rapid physical changes, including hair loss.
“Over 700 women have attended Look Good Feel Better sessions and benefited,” Theobold said. “One person has been doing this for over 15 years here in Grand Junction. And one person has been instrumental in helping the program grow to other communities.”
Diana Lee is that one person. She has accomplished her goals by working weekends, asking her staff at Lady Di’s to volunteer with the program, donating supplies and giving cancer patients a reason to smile.
Janie May, who also appeared in the video shown during the ceremony, said having Lee in her life has made a real difference.
“You really helped me,” May said. “And I appreciate it.”
The hours, the effort and the expense Lee has put into Look Good Feel Better have all been worthwhile, she said.
“It’s very rewarding. You don’t think you want to go volunteering until you go do it,” said Lee, the Lions Club’s ninth recipient of the Hometown Hero award. “It helps your heart.”