Hanover boutique caters to women fighting cancer

Margarita Cambest

When Diana Klunk was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, she turned to a local shop to help her pick out the wig she’d inevitably need, but despite coming in with a list of items she could buy, she left empty handed.

“They pointed me in the direction and said go ahead and try it on,” Klunk said. “There were products I could have used, but nobody bothered to ask me what I was looking for.”

Today, Klunk is celebrating eight years in business at LifeChanges Boutique, the health and healing store she opened in Hanover to help other women like her: women battling cancer who could use a business with employees who understand what they are going through. The boutique moved to a new location at the United Cerebral Palsy of South Central Pennsylvania building in February, but there will be a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the new space on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

LifeChanges will host a ribbon cutting and open house Nov. 30.

“We’re a very unique business, so we’re not someplace that you would just stop in to,” Klunk said.

Recently, Klunk said a customer came in who had had a mastectomy 33 years ago but had never been fit for a bra because she was overwhelmed by the idea of a dedicated cancer store.

The service provided at the store is more than just a place for customers to shop for cancer-related retail items. It’s fittings, custom compression garments and even custom swimsuits sold by staff members with expertise, Klunk said. And yes, they also sell wigs.

“Everybody that walks through the door here has a different need, and it’s our responsibility to determine what that need is and do the best to meet it,” Klunk said.

The ribbon cutting will be  at 4 p.m. with an all-day open house from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. hosted at the store, which is in the UCP Building, 788 CherryTree Court, in Hanover.

LifeChanges Boutique is inside the UCP building in Hanover.

Vendor representatives will bring new bra styles and introduce swimsuit lines for 2017, which Klunk said must be pre-ordered in the fall and winter to have the pieces in time for spring.

A caterer will have food samples, and the suite has been decorated for the holidays, although Klunk said there won’t be holiday music just yet. There will be a raffle for anyone who brings in unopened toys to donate to Toys for Tots or new, unwrapped children’s pajamas for Santa’s Sleepers.

At new Hanover location, LifeChanges offers help for cancer's physical effects

“Here we are,” Klunk said. “Come see our new location. Old friends come back, and, hopefully, new friends come out and see us.”