Cancer survivor Cindy Canevari to visit Lewes' Blooming Boutique Oct. 6Boutique offers Ribbon Caps in support of nonprofit group for cancer patients
Milford resident Cindy Canevari, founder of the Ribbon Cap Club, a not-for-profit organization committed to helping cancer patients and their families, will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Blooming Boutique, 107 Second St. in Lewes as part of the Lewes Merchants' Sidewalk Sale event. Canevari, a two-time cancer survivor, lends a hand to the Blooming Boutique for its salute to area women and breast cancer survivors in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October.
“As a breast and bladder cancer survivor, I underwent two mastectomies, three tumors removed from my bladder, chemotherapy, radiation and a biopsy of my tongue,” said Canevari. “There was a great deal of trauma surrounding my medical issues. When I went through chemo, the side effects left me feeling powerless, fearful, exhausted and bald.
“Then everything changed - my friend Joan met a woman who was wearing this beautiful feminine baseball cap – yummy aqua with the brim trimmed with multicolored ribbon. Joan wanted to buy me a cap just like that and told the stranger my medical story…well, the Good Samaritan took that cap right off her own head and told Joan to send it to me.
“I wore that cap to my next chemo session and everyone loved it. I felt pretty when I wore that cap. I really did up my make-up and dressed to match the cap. I wrote a thank you note to BJ - the stranger - thanking her for her gift.
“Well, two weeks later, I received eight more caps in the mail from BJ’s daughter Francesca - the creator and maker of the original ribbon cap - who told me to pass the caps along to other women who needed to feel uplifted. And the rest is history. To date the Ribbon Cap Club has been able to donate about $50,000 to organizations dedicated to fighting cancer.”
The Ribbon Cap Club offers an array of colors for caps including pink, black, white, navy, red, purple and now autumn colors. “The ribbon caps are not just for cancer patients. This is a great way for any woman to purchase a ribbon cap and look stylish and fun, and know proceeds are going for such a good cause. All the Blooming Boutique stores sell my ribbon caps,” said Canevari.
Canevari is also the Delaware State Lead Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. In this volunteer role, Canevari travels throughout the state to speak about the importance of elected officials keeping cancer a national, state and local priority. Recently, she was part of the ACS CAN Lobby Day and Summit in Washington, D.C. This event brings volunteers from all 50 states to the nation’s capital to meet with lawmakers to discuss continued funding for the National Institutes of Health for cancer research, Centers for Disease Control screenings and programs, and the new Quality of Life Initiative.
In addition to answering questions about her journey through cancer, Canevari will offer information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the American Cancer Society’s 5K Run/3-Mile fundraising walk Sunday, Oct. 21, at Delaware Technical Community College Owens Campus, Route 18 in Georgetown.
For more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer call 800-937-9696 or go to www.cancer.org/stridesonline.
Throughout October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, the Blooming Boutique stores offer a fundraising special - for every customer who spends $125 in purchases, all Blooming Boutiques will donate $5 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and the customer will receive a pink raffia tote bag for free as a thank you. In addition to the Lewes location, other Blooming Boutique addresses are 216-B Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 98 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach; and 33-A N. Walnut St., Milford.