Shelli Whitehurst was a successful businesswoman loving life when she heard the words that would change her life forever: ‘you have cancer’. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she wanted to create a product for people just like her who had their life changed by those three simple words. Shelli has developed a product that is set to make cancer treatment for the world’s 14-million-plus sufferers a more dignified and bearable experience.
Called Kit for Cancer, the luxurious care package is filled with practical items useful for people undergoing chemotherapy. Shelli said Kit for Cancer has been curated by current and former cancer patients and is designed to support people from the moment they are diagnosed to the ‘next,’ by providing the essentials to assist them through the discomfort of treatment.
“Cancer is ugly, but that doesn’t mean the treatment process has to be,” Shelli says.
“There are so many things people don’t think of when they are about to undergo chemo; how their taste buds will change, how their skin will become sensitive and irritated, and how they will become extremely tired”.
People undergoing chemotherapy experience many side effects on top of the noticeable hair loss – Kit For Cancer contains a collection of products to aid in relief of these symptoms.
Shelli also said that while raising more for future cancer research is important, there isn’t enough emphasis on the everyday people who are going through cancer right here, right now.
“KIT is the first sentimental gesture that is actually geared towards getting people through the daily regime of treatment,” Shelli says.
KIT donates 30 per cent of its sales directly to cancer support charities including Tour de Cure.
Shelli understands how difficult battling the disease can be, as her breast cancer diagnosis involves widespread metastasis to the bones – this means her cancer is incurable.
She and her co-founders want to provide practical support for cancer patients and want them to know they are not alone.
So what’s included in the kit?
Tell us, would you purchase a Kit for Cancer for a friend or relative? Is it a great idea, do you think?