Buy a candle, help in the fight against breast cancer
● By Steven Hoffman
Special Grace’s Pink Sugar Candles hand-crafted by Rudy and Nicki Allen will be available at stores throughout Oxford for the rest of October as part of their effort to raise money for the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Allens, the owners of the Soap Bucket Skincare and Candles on Locust Street in Oxford, are donating 40 percent of all the proceeds from the sales of the Grace’s Pink Sugar Candles during October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The candles will be available at numerous places in the Oxford area, including the Candy Case, Millstone Jewelers, Lola’s, The Outback Trading Company, Flickerwood Wine Cellars, La Sicilia, Wholly Grounds, the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour, Pickled Pickles, Miss Oxford Diner, Texture Salon and Spa, Phillips Florist, and Studio Blush.
Rudy Allen said that he and his wife wanted to do something to help those families that are affected by breast cancer.
“Everybody has a mother or a daughter or a sister, and any family could be touched by breast cancer,” Rudy Allen explained.
Fran Orodeckis, the development director of the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation, explained that the Philadelphia-based organization helps arrange for free breast cancer screenings for women in Philadelphia or the surrounding counties who are either uninsured or under-insured by partnering with area hospitals. This includes several hospitals in Chester County.
“We serve a lot of women in Chester County,” Orodeckis explained.
The foundation works to fight breast cancer through community-based education and support programs. The foundation educates women and their families about the detection, treatment, and survival strategies for breast cancer. The foundation offers access to detection and treatment resources, and provides critical financial assistance to women receiving breast cancer treatment.
Orodeckis said that the foundation must raise all the money to fund its annual operating budget, so support from individuals and businesses is critically important.
“It’s the small businesses that help support us,” Orodeckis explained. “It’s people like Rudy and Nicki that step forward to help us.”
Rudy Allen said that he was put in touch with the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation through State Representative John Lawrence’s office.
The Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation will be partnering with the Jennersville Regional Hospital on an upcoming breast cancer screening on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Call the foundation at 1-215-564-3700 to schedule a screening that day.