Cancer Wellness Center Candy’s Place Will Close Sept. 14
FORTY FORT — Candy’s Place, a haven for cancer patients and their families since opening its doors in 1998, will officially close its doors Sept. 14.
Founder Penny Cunningham cited a decrease in funding and grants as the main reason for the decision to close.
When Candy’s Place opened, their mission was to provide cancer patients and their loved ones with a home-like environment and as much support as possible. Their mission became a reality with the help of many groups and individuals, with the center being primarily funded through grants and donations.
“I’m certainly saddened,” Cunningham said. “I’ve invested my heart in this place for 20 years and I’m really worried about the patients because there is no other place like Candy’s Place.”
Since they began offering their heath and wellness services, Candy’s Place has raised over $3 million in funding that’s been used for various programs, most of which were offered free of charge, such as, exercise classes, support groups, therapeutic massage and art therapy.
A statement released by the organization expressed gratefulness for being able to provide emotional support, help and hope to hundreds of cancer patients.
Candy’s Place and their board members thanked their major donors, Rob and Kim Mericle, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Last Man Standing Football, as well as their volunteers for their dedication and the countless hours of support throughout the years.
The organization’s remaining funds will be donated to local cancer charities.