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Artist hosts henna crown event supporting cancer patients in Port Charlotte

International artist helping cancer patients
Posted at 9:42 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 23:18:10-04

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — A local hero offering henna crowns to cancer patients in Southwest Florida.

Micky Maddux’s artwork has been featured internationally, and after 27 years in the business she is now dedicating her time to helping others.

Fox 4 spoke with cancer warriors about the impact of today’s event.

Southarak Wathanaphone. was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012.

“Five years later it came back, this is my third fight so I’m still fighting,” said Wathanaphone.

Many patients agree the hardest part of chemo and radiation therapy is losing their hair.

“They don’t have a choice, they have to shave their heads and sometimes that brings down their self-esteem,”said Micky Maddux.

“Losing my hair was the hardest thing and having to go get a wig,” said Sharon Hirkey.

She says the Florida heat makes it almost unbearable to wear wigs; she usually just sticks scarfs, but now she won't have to wear either.

International artist, Micky Maddux who says the purpose of today’s event is to uplift and encourage women diagnosed with cancer.

“Feeling strong and confident is a big part of this, they have to know your going to make it through this,” said Maddux.

Sometimes when you look good, you feel good too.

“It makes them feel like a woman again, doing her nails and makeup feeling good about yourself again gives you a lot of strength and hope, “ said Wathanaphone.

Sharon encourages anyone going through a difficult time to find the positive no matter how small.

“You have to look at the bright side, there is light at the end of the tunnel,” said Hirkey.

Event coordinator Mickey Maddux says today’s event is just one of many, she plans to host monthly all throughout SWFL.

For information on how to get involved contact the artist here.