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 at the Blooming Boutique on Saturday, October 6 in Lewes in an effort to increase cancer awareness 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,” states 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.”
What is now known as the Ribbon Cap Club was started simply by the kindness of a single stranger. Cindy’s girlfriend from Connecticut, Joan, saw a woman wearing a feminine baseball cap adorned with a ribbon and thought that the hat would be a perfect gift for Cindy during her struggle dealing with the effects of chemotherapy. Joan explained Cindy’s medical condition and asked the woman where the cap had been purchased. In an act of pure selflessness the stranger removed her cap, handed it to Joan and asked her to give it to Cindy. During the next few months of radiation treatment Cindy described that hat as giving her strength to push forward.
“I wore that cap to my next chemo session and everyone loved it,” commented Cindy. “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 B.J., the stranger, thanking her for her gift and two weeks later received eight more hats from her with a note telling me to pass them on to other women that need to be uplifted.”
To date the Ribbon Cap Club has been able to donate about $50,000 to organizations dedicated to fighting cancer. The organization offers an array of colors for caps from pink to black, white to navy, and red to 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,” commented Cindy.
Canevari is also the Delaware State Lead Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). In this volunteer role, Canevari travels throughout the state to speak about the importance of our elected officials keeping cancer a national, state and local priority.
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 on Sunday, October 21 at Delaware Technical and Community College Owens Campus, Route 18 in Georgetown.
Throughout October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, the Blooming Boutique stores are offering a fundraising special. For every customer who spends $125 in purchases, all Blooming Boutiques will donates $5.00 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 downtown Milford location, Blooming Boutique is located in Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Lewes.