CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Yellow Brick Place, an agency that offers support and services for cancer patients and their families, is celebrating its one year anniversary Tuesday.
Founders Donna Detwiler and Anna Aey know the challenges of cancer first hand – they are both survivors. Aey 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, but it wasn’t until last year that the women were finally able to open Yellow Brick Place.
The center, located at 2959 Canfield Rd., offers support and resources at no cost to anyone fighting cancer.
There’s a resource library, wig parlor, massage chairs, and special events and programs for patients and their families.
The center works as a link between cancer treatments and recovery by helping the mind, body and spirit.
Detwiler said the biggest hurdle this past year was learning about the administrative side of running the center. She says thanks to a lot of volunteers and outside help, she and Aey were able to learn what they needed.
Going into year two, Detwiler and Aey want to add resources for children whose parents are fighting cancer because often times children don’t have that type of support.
“A lot of their friends don’t understand what they are going through because they haven’t gone through it,” Detwiler said.
The September anniversary of Yellow Brick Place also coincides with Blood Cancer Awareness month, which also is the type of cancer that Detwiler was diagnosed with.
Special events are planned for the month, including an educational program on blood cancer scheduled for Sept. 21.
This story corrects Anna Aey’s name.