Among the resources listed for cancer patients and their families on The Victory Center’s website, thevictorycenter.org/resources, are two unique connections: Renee’s Survivor Shop and Baskets of Care.
Renée’s Survivor Shop
Renée Schick started Renee’s Survivor Shop in 2003 when she had difficulty finding the cancer-related products that she needed after being diagnosed with cancer at 36. Once she defeated the disease, her passions turned to helping others in a similar situation have an easier time navigating between needs, wants and encouragement.
Mastectomy products such as pre- and post-surgical wear, radiation bras and breast forms are offered in great variety along with wigs and head coverings for men, women and children. Chemotherapy and radiation-related items are available to help with nausea, skin and scalp irritation and the metallic taste left in the mouth from cancer-eradicating drugs.
Renée’s Survivor Shop has now been sold to the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at the University of Toledo Health Sciences Campus, 1325 Conference Drive, Toledo. The store is open Monday-Friday from 9-4 pm. For more information, visit utmc.utoledo.edu/centers/cancer/renees-survivor-shop/
Baskets of Care
Baskets of Care offers comfort-care bags filled with essential contact information, educational materials and comfort-care products for those facing cancer, and provides access to hands-on support for the journey of survival.
Baskets of Care also offers Night of Empowerment Events— social events providing patients and survivors with the opportunity to meet their peers — held at locations which allow attendees to focus on personal wellness.
Both The Victory Center and Baskets of Care accept one-time and monthly donations, and need volunteers to assist with special events and workshops. Contact thevictorycenter.org or basketsofcare.org. For more information visit basketsofcare.org or call 419-283-9003.