(573) 882-6639, Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"Positive image, positive outlook" is the operating philosophy behind our gift shop and boutique designed especially for cancer patients, survivors, their families and friends. We attend to the personal and emotional needs of cancer patients. Cancer treatment can result in visible changes to a person's body.
Some changes may last for only a short period of time while others may be long or last a lifetime. Other changes may not be visible but can equally affect a person's self-esteem and quality of life. These changes can have a disruptive effect on relationships, influence a person's ability to achieve personal goals and challenge one's spirituality.
Gift shop helps patients overcome some of the fear, intimidation and isolation resulting from cancer therapies by improving patients' understanding of the physical changes from treatment, giving them some control over the changes and helping restore their self-image. By relieving some of the stress and anxiety related to one's appearance, patients can focus on healing. We strive to offer a variety of products, such as:
- Hair alternatives, wig selections
- Hats, scarves and head wraps
- Specialty bras
- Breast forms for mastectomy or lumpectomy patients
- Specialty CDs (relaxation, meditation, stress relief)
- Colors of Cancer jewelry and gifts (pins, bracelets, key rings
- Sensitive skincare products
- Jim Shore Collectibles
- Cards and other inspirational items
- Unique gifts
Gift shop and boutique staff provide professional, personalized attention. The convenience of the boutique, located near the front door, helps patients save time, energy and expenses they might incur traveling to find necessary items. Many patients are uncomfortable shopping for items in a "normal" retail setting due to the lack of privacy and the limited knowledge of retail staff about cancer and the specific needs of cancer patients.
The gift shop and boutique is an important source of revenue for the Ellis Fischel Auxiliary. Through the gift shop and boutique profits, the auxiliary has contributed to programs and services that have supported thousands of patients.