'The Closet' Helps Panhandle Cancer Patients Get Free Supplies

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Chipley- For the past five years there's been a little room tucked away in a back corner of Horizon Health Care medical supply store. The room may be small, but it's purpose has been huge. It's the Cancer Society's 'Closet.'

"They actually gave us a closet to use, but then we had some other [hutches] to store stuff in for them. But, we had the space, we already provide a lot of these services that we bill to insurance, so it works out well for us" said Horizon Health Care Owner, David Yates.

He provided the space, and employee Jane Hutchinson made it cozy.
"I came in here and painted and put up the boarder" she said. "When the ladies come in here i just want them to feel comfortable. They've been through so much before they get to me, I just want them to feel at home and comfortable."

The Cancer Society has been donating and regularly restocking the items and Hutchinson has been donating her 'know how'. She's been fitting mastectomy patients for prosthesis for the past 12 years, five of them through 'The Closet'.

"Some people come in here who don't have insurance and don't have the money to buy these types of products because, it is expensive. So you know, we can just open up the closet and if there's something in there they can use we just give it to them" Hutchinson told us.

A patient can go shopping in the closet and pick out a camisole, bra, prosthesis, wig and a hat. It's a $500 value, absolutely free."It means so much to them, you know? It makes them feel like a woman again" Hutchinson said.

'The Closet' also accepts personal donations. If you'd like to contribute, items can be taken to Horizon Health Care in Chipley. Hutchinson said 'The Closet' was particularly in need of turbans.

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