Marion Callahan – Bucks County Courier Times
Battling both breast and brain cancer, Central Bucks educator and Doylestown mom Corinne Sikora had a vision for a place for cancer patients to turn to for free emotional and physical support.
Since her death in November, the community rallied behind her dream, raising enough support to create the Corinne Sikora Wellness and Support Center. The 5,000 square-foot cancer center, slated to open at the Heritage Center in Buckingham this fall, will offer free non-medical emotional, physical, social and lifestyle services.
“The center will welcome anyone battling cancer, regardless of where they are receiving treatment, along with their family and caregivers,” said Keith Fenimore, executive director and founder of Pine2Pink, a local nonprofit that with Green Street Real Estate pledged $200,000 to help launch the center. “This center is not in Corinne’s memory; it’s because of Corinne’s vision. She’s part of it. She’s in it.”
He said the center, which aligns with Pine2Pink’s mission to support cancer patients, will offer a place where patients can have their non-medical needs met “throughout their journey of treatment, recovery and beyond.”
“A wide variety of free holistic and integrative services, including nutrition classes, support groups, book clubs, acupuncture, energy treatment, counseling, yoga and fitness will be offered in this relaxing, tranquil environment,” he said in a statement.
The center’s offerings will include:
- Meeting space for support groups, fundraising events and more
- Educational classes
- Services such as fitness, yoga, art and crafts, cooking classes and more
- A free cancer library focused on books that inspire and educate cancer patients and their friends and families
- A gift shop stocked by local makers and artisans
The Fenimores have set up a nonprofit entity that will run the center under the name Main Street Missions. The center plans to connect with all medical providers and health care institutions in the area to ensure every local cancer patient is aware of the center and that its services are accessible to them, regardless of where they are treated.
“All cancer patients are welcome and so it their family and caregivers,” Fenimore said.