By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
To acknowledge women’s struggles and triumphs over cancer, women business owners have planned a number of local events for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In Coventry, Marsha Leveille will host a reception from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 19 at her shop The Clothesline, in the Coventry Shoppers Park on Flat River Road.
The open house is in honor of her mother, Marilyn, who died of cancer and the complications of dementia in late August.
Deeply involved in local charitable giving through her church and other civic organizations, she wanted to do something to recognize the fighting spirit of women cancer patients who are newly-diagnosed, in treatment or have reached remission.
Leveille shared her own mother’s 15-year-battle, and cared for her at home until the end.
“My appreciation of her will be through this open house – sharing with women who come to her store to shop but also to find a warm atmosphere and a comforting presence.
“I talk to everyone,” she says. “They tell me their problems.
The reception will offer not only pastries and coffee but also the opportunity to purchase brand name, top-quality personal care products such as heat wraps, skin revitalizer, creams, lotions and oral care products at rock bottom prices.
All personal items from such manufacturers as Eucerin, Dove, Roc, Nivea and L’Oreal are priced at two for $3, $4 or $5.
Leveille will also have spa baths for the tub and massaging nail spas to pamper the hands.
“When you’re feeling down or feeling blah, small things like a luxurious soak in the tub or tidying up your nails with a paraffin soak can make things a little brighter.”
Cathy Leite, owner of Alicia’s, on Post Road in North Kingstown, a salon specializing in providing hairpieces, wigs, hats and scarves to women undergoing cancer treatment, is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28. The event will feature refreshments and free consultations about hair loss and prosthesis.
Visitors will also receive an opportunity to win a collection of all-pink baskets filled with products and salon services.
Leite says that, besides her own contributions, two women who independently rent space at her establishment are participating. Terri Petrarca, proprietor of Details by Terri, and Joanne Brouillette, who owns Hair Designs by Joanne, have joined her in preparing a total of three baskets that will be displayed inside the main entrance of Alicia’s
Ten percent of the proceeds from all sales during the day will be donated to the Gloria Gemma Cancer Resource Center.
“We’re really excited about it,” says Leite.
Women and Infants Hospital, which has a medical office building at 1150 Post Road in East Greenwich, invites women to get out their pink high heels, pink accessories and hot pink sweaters for “an evening of laughter, friendship and camaraderie.”
The hospital, widely known for its treatment of women’s cancer, is holding the eighth annual Tickled Pink, a revue featuring the wit and humor of an all-female cast of comedians. The event on Oct. 27is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston.
Cost is $40 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Women & Infants’ Breast Health Center. Pink drinks, pink refreshments and “other pink surprises” will be featured.
Registration is required. Contact the organizers at 681-2821 or through the website womenandinfants.org.
Martha Smith is an award-winning journalist and author. Retired, she is an independent contractor for SRIN and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .