For Immediate Release
Sept. 15, 2011
seattle cancer care alliance OPENS “SHINE,” A specialty STORE FOR CANCER PATIENTS
SEATTLE –“Shine,” a unique store for cancer patients no matter where they receive their care, has opened in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Owned and operated by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the 2,000-square-foot store includes breast prosthetics and bras, hair alternatives, certified mastectomy and compression fittings, skin care products and complimentary head shaves. Shine also serves as a source for gifts, apparel andsundries for residents and workers of the South Lake Union neighborhood.
“Shine provides a service unlike any other in Seattle,” said Moreen Dudley, SCCA director of supportive care and specialty clinics. “It is a place for patients to regain their identity where they are not defined by their cancer diagnosis but understood and cared for because they have a cancer diagnosis.”
Shine is located at 207 Pontius Ave. N., Suite 101, Seattle, on the first floor of the SCCA House. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
The new store is the big sister to the Rain or Shine gift shop at the SCCA’s outpatient clinic on the campus of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Many cancer patients asked for more services directed to their unique needs and Shine is SCCA’s response to that. Patients undergoing cancer treatment have special needs for services and products related to the effects of their treatment. They also appreciate a supportive and informed atmosphere that meets a range of shopping needs in one convenient location.
SCCA is in a unique position to provide these services. This “retail meets resource” model, entirely under one roof, does not currently exist anywhere in the Seattle area, and it supports SCCA’s mission of patient- and family-centered care, said Dudley. Several peer comprehensive cancer centers around the country operate similar stores.
“Shine fills a niche that is has been long needed,” said Wendy DeBoer, an SCCA breast cancer patient who served as an adviser to the store’s development. “It will provide a service in a setting that is like none other out there – peaceful, serene and comfortable. Anyone who is being fitted or served there is going to feel very special.”
Services include private dressing rooms for breast prosthesis, bra and compression garment fitting, and for trying on post-surgical and general apparel. There is also a head shaving station, hair alternatives, specialty skin care products and light medical supplies. Trained and certified staff are available to assist customers in finding products that best fit their lifestyle and treatment experience.
Products include merchandise specific to cancer patients as well as a variety of books, gifts, snacks, magazines, greeting cards and sundries. Following is a list of available merchandise:
- breast prosthetics and bras
- swimwear designed to fit breast prosthesis
- post-surgical garments
- compression garments (over-the-counter and custom)
- hats, scarves and wigs
- skin care products
- sexual-intimacy aids
- physical therapy aids (weights, exercise balls, heart monitors, pedometers)
- newsstand and stationery
- gifts and books
- accessories and apparel (for both men and women)
- toys and games for all ages
Shine is managed by the “Mokee Girls” – Carrie Jacobsen and Eileen Hood – longtime Seattle retailers and consultants who developed and have managed the Rain or Shine gift shop since 2007. The pair formerly operated two successful women’s clothing boutiques in Seattle.
About Seattle Cancer Care Alliance – 10 Years, Thousands of Lives Saved
Every day, the goal of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors.SCCA unites the adult and pediatric cancer-care programs of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. Together they comprise the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in six states, from Washington to the Dakotas. A major focus of SCCA is to speed the transfer of new diagnostic and treatment techniques from the research setting to the patient bedside. Patients receive the latest research-based cancer therapies as well as cutting-edge treatments. SCCA has three clinical-care sites: an outpatient clinic on the Hutchinson Center campus, a pediatric-inpatient unit at Children’s and an adult-inpatient unit at UW Medical Center. SCCA celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. For more information visit www.seattlecca.org