YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Yellow Brick Place will host its annual fundraiser on April 17 at Antone’s Banquet Center.
The fashion show fundraiser is a great way to get a sneak peek at the latest spring fashions and help out cancer patients from around the valley.
Donna Detwiler and Angela Palumbo know the challenges of cancer firsthand. They are both survivors.
“I’ve been very, very lucky. I’m lucky every day. Most people can’t say they’ve survived cancer 35 years,” said Angela Palumbo, a board member and volunteer.
Angela was working as a nurse when she was diagnosed more than three decades ago.
She found comfort working with fellow patients and helped launch support groups before they were popular.
“That’s what gave me my passions because I know I’ve been through it,” Palumbo said.
Donna Detwiler is a 13 year survivor, and she is still fighting. She is the co-founder and president of the board.
“There are astronomical prices for cancer care. Deductibles, copays, medications, treatments you have done,” Detwiler said.
That is why both of these women are so passionate about what they do at Yellow Brick Place. The wellness community offers support, therapy and resources for patients throughout the valley at no cost.
“A lot of the healing therapies, the things that can help you, the support therapies often go untouched because people don’t have the extra money to say ‘go have a massage,’” Detwiler said.
From exercise classes to wigs and makeup lessons to counseling, patients go to Yellow Brick Place for the things they do not get at the hospital, and that can make all the difference.
“Counseling issues. A lot of the insurances have really cut back on a lot of the mental health. To offer some free short term counseling is huge,” Detwiler said.
“We have, right now, no paid staff. We are all volunteer driven,” Palumbo said.
That is why the fundraiser on April 17 is so important. Every service offered is given at no charge. Volunteers, donations and fundraising support are crucial for this life-changing community.
“You’re in a crisis when you’re first diagnosed. You don’t know where to turn and, sometimes, that extra help through that part, through that whirlwind of emotions in everything, is enough to get you started, turned around and more positive so that you can fight this,” Detwiler said.
The 2016 Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held at noon on Sunday, April 17, at Antone’s Banquet Center, 8578 Market St., Boardman. Tickets are $30. Doors open at 10 a.m., and you can find reservation forms online.