Bringing smiles to Marcel's life

Bringing smiles to Marcel's life

Cancer survivor Barbra Purdy is helping a long-time friend to 'buy a breast'. Her heart of giving pours out in this week's Big Favour.

damon and barbra with marcel

Listen to the story and read the details below:

I had an email from Barbara Purdy, a wonderful caring lady who runs her own company called B's Catering, Cleaning & Caring.

Her company caters for birthday parties, special occasions, weddings, engagements, and events, and also specialises in cleaning curtains and windows. Barbara is also involved in various fundraising projects. She believes that if she can't give back to her community, then how does she expect to prosper in her business.

About three years ago, Barbara, who was going through cancer treatment herself, met Marcel who had just had a partial mastectomy and was also having chemo and radiation treatment. 

An instant bond was formed and Barbara decided that she wanted to (as she puts it) ‘buy Marcel a boob'. 

Barbara decided to arrange a high tea to raise funds to buy Marcel a prosthetic breast and some mastectomy bras, and although the high tea was a huge success, the Prosthetic breast and mastectomy bras for Marcel were more expensive than Barbara had anticipated. There was still a R6,500 shortfall.

It was time to call in some wonderful sponsors.

b catering
m store
The M-Store is a boutique orthotic and prosthetic practice group that provides women who have undergone a mastectomy with the perfect fitting post-mastectomy bras, breast prosthesis, and lymphedema garments. 

In doing so they aim to restore femininity, confidence, and comfort lost through having had a mastectomy. 

The M-Store has trained and compassionate female fitters, who take special care to ensure that each patient is fitted with the correct bra and breast form. Being a registered orthotic and prosthetic practice, this enables them to claim the bras and breast prostheses required from the patient’s medical aid.

satin candy
Satin Candy, who specialise in professional measuring and fitting of ladies' underwear and stock A-N cup size bras, also jumped on board to help Marcel.

Satin Candy have been a leader in women’s lingerie for over 10 years and have successfully catered to the needs of thousands of women - ranging from all ages and backgrounds. They have dedicated themselves to empowering women and helping them find their perfect fit.

So, it was a delighted Marcel who received a prosthetic breast from The M Store, as well as Mastectomy Bras from Satin Candy.

We salute Barbara too, who despite going through such a tough time herself, thought of Marcel and initiated this entire process.

Contact details for sponsors

B’s Catering, cleaning and caringBarbara Purdy 

Tel: 067 060 5771 or 082 460 8129

Email: [email protected]

The M Store
Contact: 084 043 5182
Email: [email protected]

Satin Candy

Instagram: satincandy_

Facebook:  Satin Candy Bra Boutique

Umhlanga Centre, 189 Ridge Road, Umhlanga Rocks (031 171 0249)- [email protected]

72 Old Main Road, Kloof ( 031 764 5541) [email protected]

Also read: Giving the gift of education

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