Cynthia von Schlichten was diagnosed with breast cancer in April.
She says, “I found it from being in the shower and I was diagnosed with a biopsy and an ultrasound…It still seems sureal to me because I just never thought this would happen and there’s been a lot of ups and downs.”
Brian Gaughan helps women, like Cynthia, fight the disease at his non-profit and thrift store, Pink Hands of Hope.
“This is the best job I’ve ever had in my entire life. To be able to help somebody that can’t help you back is the best way to help,” says Gaughan.
Gaughan’s wife is his inspiration.
“My wife was diagnosed five years ago and she’s doing well, thank the Lord and she’s five years out, she went through hell and she made it through,” says Gaughan.
When a customer buys a thrifty item, proceeds go towards wigs and other products, free of cost to those with cancer.
Gaughan also raises money to adopt a patient. Patients like Cynthia are selected at random and given $1000 to put towards medical treatments.
“I believe I cried. I was very humbled and taken back by it. It’s a wonderful thing and it cut my medical bills in half,” says Cynthia.
Cynthia begins radiation this week, with an ability to share hope with others.