Our view: Candy’s Place staying open is good news for everyone

Candy's Place in Forty Fort has announced it will close. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader -

We owe someone a tremendous thank you.

The only problem is that person – or group of people – have remained anonymous, so we will just have to hope they see this editorial and understand our heartfelt gratitude.

What are we so thankful for?

Candy’s Place, A Cancer Wellness Center, will not be closing on Sept. 14 as originally announced.

According to a story by staff writer Bill O’Boyle, Candy’s Place founder Penny Cunningham, released a statement last week.

“After providing vital services and a home-like atmosphere to cancer patients and their loved ones for the past 20 years, we recently made the sad announcement that we would be closing our doors forever on Sept. 14, 2018,” the statement read. “However, since that time, we have been overwhelmed with calls of support and offers to help re-energize and re-open Candy’s Place.

“As a result, we are pleased to announce, we will not be closing our doors on Sept. 14 and we have begun the hard work of restructuring and reorganizing Candy’s Place with the intention of keeping our doors open for many years to come.

“We thank you for your support and trust you will be hearing from us again soon with a positive announcement about the future.”

According to O’Boyle’s story:

• Since its inception, literally hundreds of patients, survivors, caregivers, widows and widowers, and loved ones have participated and benefited from the center’s services.

• The Board of Directors of Candy’s Place has carefully chosen to address the physical, emotional, and social needs for those diagnosed with cancer to enhance their medical treatment.

• Although medical advances have been made toward the detection and treatment of cancer, little emphasis has been placed on the recovery and re-healing of cancer’s physical and emotional aspects, and most importantly, the quality of life issues before, during, and after cancer treatment.

• The center’s “home” is a beautifully appointed, cozy, loving and non-threatening atmosphere where cancer patients feel free to visit and not only find the answers they seek, but make life-long friendships with staff, volunteers and fellow cancer patients.

The bottom line for many reasons is that our community is a better place with Candy’s Place open than it would be if it had closed.

So to whomever stepped forward to keep this vital community asset open, we thank you.

You have certainly helped the Wyoming Valley live up to its reputation as a “Valley with a Heart.”

Candy’s Place in Forty Fort has announced it will close. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_TTL080318Candys-Place1-1.jpgCandy’s Place in Forty Fort has announced it will close. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader