Dr. Francine Robinson, outstanding cancer volunteer, dies at 68

Over the years, Robinson’s project expanded into other areas, including hair care, wigs and cosmetic treatments for adolescents, men and mothers of sick children. Thousands of people benefited.

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August 2, 2017 07:08
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Dr. Francine Robinson, outstanding cancer volunteer, dies at 68

FRANCINE ROBINSON. (photo credit: ICA)

 
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The Israel Cancer Association on Tuesday expressed its sorrow at the death of Dr. Francine Robinson, who voluntarily initiated and managed the “Look Good to Feel Better” project.

Robinson, 68, held a master’s degree in political science, English literature and a doctorate in educational management. She began volunteering with the association 21 years ago after recovering from breast cancer. The mother of three helped other women with cancer in the Yad Lehahlama project.

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On one of her visits to the United States, she was exposed to the “Look Good Feel Better” project and decided to establish it here under the auspices of the ICA. She recruited beauticians as volunteers who provided cosmetic treatments to patients undergoing cancer therapy in hospitals or in the community, raised the funds as donations from cosmetics companies. She was also head of the general studies department at the Holon Institute of Technology.

Over the years, Robinson’s project expanded into other areas, including hair care, wigs and cosmetic treatments for adolescents, men and mothers of sick children. Thousands of people benefited.

Look Good Feel Better currently operates in four hospitals throughout Israel, in the branches of the Israel Cancer Association and in community centers, where all activities are free.

Robinson’s cancer returned a few years ago but despite difficult treatments, she continued to volunteer. In recognition of her efforts, Robinson received the Health Ministry’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2014.

Dr. Francine Robinson’s funeral will take place at Ramat Hasharon’s Morasha Cemetery on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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