A major retailer opened its doors early on Sunday morning to give the cancer community a special shopping opportunity.
Nordstrom hosted the shopping event that began at 9 a.m., inviting cancer patients, survivors and supporters a chance to shop without the holiday crowds. Workshops on makeup application and scarf-tying, including bra fittings, were also a part of the event.
"I think self image is a huge issue for a lot of cancer patients and I think it's actually men and women combined. Sometimes there's physical changes that are a result of cancer treatment and I think that helping someone feel better about how they look actually helps them feel better in general," says Kari Disbrow, practice manager at the Anchorage Radiation Therapy Center.
Nordstrom partnered with the Anchorage and Valley Radiation Therapy Centers, American Cancer Society, and Alaska Regional Hospital. Organizers say the goal was to give the cancer community a stress-free shopping experience.
"I think it's really nice that they have this opportunity to shop and have something special just for them," said shopper Betsy Turner.