Good Life: The Mix: Survivor Savants
Sisters Jeanette Caligiuri (left), a breast cancer survivor, and Bonnie Scalfaro (right), who, due to her family history, underwent a preventive double mastectomy.
Opened Faith & Hope Boutique this past October in Abington, and a second location in the Rena Rowan Breast Cancer Center at HUP in February, to cater to women with breast cancer both during and after their treatment.
“We didn’t just want to provide women with the same Victoria’s Secret-type bras they wore before breast cancer — we wanted to give them a place where they walked in and felt comfortable,” says Caligiuri.
Pretty post-surgical bras and camisoles, humorous t-shirts and hats (our favorite is “No Hair Day”), specialized skin care, and Kym Handcrafted Jewelry, a line of elegant show-your-support designs created especially for the boutique.
At 1915 Guernsey Avenue, Abington, 215-885-1143, and Abramson Cancer Center, 14th floor, Penn Tower, 3400 Spruce Street, 215-615-3321; faithandhopeboutique.com.
Kristin Dudley, a Drexel design-school graduate and co-founder of LympheDivas, along with the late Rachel Troxell, whose husband and parents are still actively involved in the company.
The company designs medically correct, moisture-wicking, comfortable, fashionable compression garments for women who develop lymphedema as a result of breast cancer treatments.
“Rachel was such a strong woman who took matters into her own hands — and gave other women the power to do the same. Our products promote compliance and save lives,” says Dudley.
Styles range from solid classics to paisley, lace and leopard-patterned sleeves (modeled by Dudley, above); the company is also developing leg garments.
In Durable Medical Equipment stores and cancer treatment-focused boutiques (including Faith & Hope!) in 20 states; through its website, Lymphedivas.com.