For Renata Helfman, there is beauty in helping others.
After supporting her grandmother through a cancer diagnosis, she volunteered at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and quickly realized that there was no existing service that brought self-care, beauty and a bit of fun to cancer wards. And so, in 2012, she launched Lipstick Angels, a non-profit that brings facials, makeup application and other feel-good spa services to cancer infusion centers to help uplift moods and boost self-esteem.
Since the pandemic, Helfman has managed to pivot and keep the organization going, sending tailored product care packages to patients and walking them through rituals over zoom.
Here, the do-gooder talks about staying brave—and grateful—in the face of change...