BRANDON – Carol Poole and her sister, Lisa Sands-Minnifield, started A New You Pink Boutique, 106 W. Robertson Street, two years ago. They purposely painted it a pretty, feminine pink, with inspirational quotes on the walls and a nonmedical feel.
Six months before opening the store, Sands-Minnifield had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
She wished there was a nonclinical place a woman could learn what she needed to know about breast cancer, the advantages of getting a second opinion, alternatives for treatment, what to expect and how to retain beauty and proportion after a mastectomy.
The sisters created A New You Pink Boutique to be a place where women ravaged by breast cancer can be fitted for prostheses and adaptive clothing. There they can find creams, hats, turbans, wigs and artificial eyebrows to help them feel more womanly. They can also learn more about possible insurance coverage for pre- and post-mastectomy garments and prostheses.
However, after a valiant battle, Sands-Minnifield died of the disease April 8, 2013.
In her honor, Poole established Lisa’s Pink Petals of Hope to continue her legacy of providing immediate support to breast cancer patients and their families in the midst of their battles.
“Although Lisa passed away, her spirit and mission to help others remains strong as women impacted with breast cancer and financial hardship continue to receive free breast prostheses and mastectomy bras through the organization to regain their symmetry and balance,” said Poole, director of the nonprofit and manager of the boutique.
For more information about A New You Pink Boutique or Lisa’s Pink Petals of Hope, call (813) 661-7465, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the shop between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.
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