Unsung Hero: Maritza Valero

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This is one story in a continuing series of profiles on unsung heroes at MD Anderson -- people who do extraordinary things in the service of patients, their families or colleagues.

Helping patients look good and feel better
A hero is often defined as a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities. At MD Anderson, there are heroes around every corner. They're not just in white coats and scrubs. They're often behind the scenes making a difference in the everyday lives of our patients and their families.

Meet Maritza Valero. She began her journey at MD Anderson six years ago. With a degree in dentistry, Maritza's six-month volunteer position unexpectedly redirected her career path. She's now a supervisor in the Appearances shop in Mays Clinic. Appearances offers breast forms, bras and other specialty items for cancer patients.

"I help patients as they go through treatment and cope with the side effects of chemotherapy. I provide them with the right prostheses and bras and teach them how to wrap their scarves and turbans," Valero says. "I help them look good. When you look good, you feel better about yourself."

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I dressed "breast free" for the first two years post my IBC, Inflammatory Breast Cancer mastectomy. I was so happy to be alive, I didn't mind my new body at all. But in time, I realized I wanted to look more like my old self and Ms. Valero was the one to assisted me. She was so helpful and made what could have been a very difficult time much easier to deal with. Thank you. Terry

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