A Race for the Cure Detroit tent will pop up Saturday at All About Women’s Health in downtown Farmington, to share critical information about breast cancer.
Cousins Mariam Searcy and Kelly Freeman own the local business, which provides services to breast cancer survivors and a full array of spa services in a 102-year-old house on Grand River.
“We try to provide everything that the breast cancer survivor might need, even if it’s just a listening ear,” said Searcy, who is a breast cancer survivor.
The inspiration for the business, which moved two years ago from Livonia, came when Searcy helped a family friend pick up her mastectomy needs. When they walked into the store, the friend seemed to relax.
“It was a breath of fresh air for her,” Searcy said. “I just knew this was what I was supposed to do.”
All About Women’s Health has been a long-time Race for the Cure Detroit sponsor. Searcy said they judge, and provide awards for, the most spirited team. That’s how she got connected with the Pink Pop Up, which will be outside the business from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Freeman said visitors can make a personalized pink ribbon to honor the memory of a loved one or survivor. Volunteers will also provide information, dispel breast cancer myths, and connecting women – and men – with services. Searcy said the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires insurance companies to cover certain expenses, and All About Women’s Health’s certifications allow them to work with most insurance plans.
Women typically are referred through physicians, but anyone who needs help is welcome. One woman recently came in after her daughter scoured the area for services, Searcy said.
“We have clients that have been with us from day one,” she added.
With almost 20 years in the business, one thing keeps Searcy going. “I keep doing this because women keep getting breast cancer.”