A 5,000-square-foot location at Heritage Center in Buckingham across from Fox Chase Cancer Center will be home of The Corinne Sikora Wellness and Support Center.
The center will welcome anyone battling cancer, regardless of where they are receiving treatment, along with their family and caregivers. The center will be a place where patients can have their nonmedical – yet critical – emotional, physical, social and lifestyle 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.
While the center’s launch budget exceeds $350,000, Pine2Pink/Main St. Missions and Green Street Real Estate have pledged $200,000 to the project. Designations for Founding Partners still exist for those interested in committing $100,000 or more to this community driven project.
The founding members of the center are Corinne Sikora, Alyssa Walloff, Keith Fenimore, Kristina Fenimore and Marianne Fenimore. Additionally, Dr. Shelly Hayes, associate professor of radiation oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center and director, Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham, and Dr. Cynthia Bergman, department surgical oncology director, are founding members and consultants. Richard Lyons, owner of Green Street, and Frank Lombardo, managing partner of Green Street, are overseeing the center’s construction and design.
As she was battling both breast and brain cancer, local resident Corinne Sikora had a wish for one comprehensive place for those in the cancer community to find emotional and physical support. She envisioned a warm, welcoming, communal wellness and support center as a retreat for people at all stages of their cancer journey. Before Sikora, a wife and mother, passed on Nov. 25, 2020, she shared these thoughts with her good friend, Alyssa Walloff, and asked Walloff to pass her vision on to Keith Fenimore, founder and executive director of Pine2Pink and Main Street Missions.
“It was overwhelming to get the message from Corinne via Alyssa. For us to be hand-picked to shepherd this vision was equal parts humbling and terrifying. This is a large-scale endeavor, but the up side of its success means people’s lives in our community will be made better, and that’s an undeniably powerful notion, and one we just had to pursue, both for Corinne and for our community,” said Keith and Kristina Fenimore.
The Fenimores have set up a nonprofit entity that will run the center under the name Main Street Missions. Channels will soon be put in place so all local medical providers and health care institutions in the area can work in concert with the Main Street Mission team to ensure every local cancer patient is aware of the center and the center is accessible to every local cancer patient in need.
In addition to financial support, many people in the community have already stepped up to help offset costs by donating services and resources. The center is seeking experts and practitioners who can help round out an already robust programmatic offering.
To learn more, donate or to contact Main St. Missions, visit pine2pink.org. There you’ll find a “Get Involved” option as well as a designated PayPal donation option on the site to accept any and all financial contributions for the center. Checks may also be mailed to P.O. Box 307, Doylestown, Pa. 18901.