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Candy’s Place, a Cancer Wellness Center, celebrates 20 years in Forty Fort on Sept. 29

Candy’s Place, a Cancer Wellness Center, celebrates 20 years in Forty Fort on Sept. 29
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From a press release:

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for member Candy’s Place to celebrate their 20th year in Forty Fort. The free celebration will be held this Friday, Sept. 29 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m.

Candy’s Place, a Cancer Wellness Center (190 Welles St. #120, Forty Fort), is a place where cancer patients and their families can find solace and support in a safe, non-threatening, home-like environment. Since its foundation in 1998, thousands have benefited from the services provided at Candy’s Place. These services, which range from physical to emotional support, offer a safe haven where patients find the help they need in an effort to guide them through their journey.

All programs and services are free to cancer patients and their caregivers and are open to the public for a small fee. These programs and services include exercise classes, support groups, educational workshops, cancer resources, lending library, wig and accessories boutique, oncology massage, reiki, reflexology, and facial therapies. Candy’s Place also offers one-on-one training sessions, yoga, meditation, and cardio classes.

Candy’s Place was founded by Penny Cunningham in the hopes of keeping the memory of her sister, Candice Vincent-Mamary, alive. Candice, more commonly known as Candy, had a vision of a place where people with cancer could find emotional and social support. After Candy lost her battle with lung cancer in 1998, Cunningham was determined to make her sister’s dream a reality. With the help of family and friends, as well as the proceeds from the first Rainbow Walk, Candy’s Place was founded.

Candy’s Place has carefully chosen to address the physical, emotional, and social needs for those diagnosed with cancer to enhance their medical treatment. Although advances have been made towards the treatment of cancer, little emphasis has been placed on the recovery of cancer’s physical and emotional aspects and, most importantly, the quality of life issues before, during, and after cancer treatment. Candy’s Place offers a loving and non-threatening atmosphere where cancer patients feel free to visit and not only find the answers they seek, but make lifelong friendships with the staff and volunteers as well as with their fellow cancer patients.

As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Candy’s Place relies completely on donations and support from individuals and organizations to operate on a daily basis. Candy’s Place is looking to add new programs for the 2018 year, such as acupuncture, vibrational sound therapy, and new exercise classes.