In 2011, Kimberly Fink was treated at the Abramson Cancer Center for uterine cancer. Once her treatment ended, Kimberly came up with the idea for TREATMiNT Box: a subscription based gift box for supporting patients during and after treatment.
Four years ago, Kimberly Fink traveled to Alabama to help her family clean up and rebuild after tornadoes had ripped apart her hometown.
She hadn't been feeling well, and had spent the previous months getting tests, visiting doctors and asking for second opinions to figure out what was wrong.
But it was on this trip when her symptoms couldn't be silenced.
"I was admitted to the emergency room, and they performed a battery of tests," remembers Fink. The diagnosis was uterine cancer. At the time, she was only 33 years old.
"I asked the physician if he could recommend a cancer treatment center in Philadelphia, and he said that the Abramson Cancer Center was the best place to go," says Fink. "He was right. As soon as I walked through the doors, I felt a sense of relief. I knew I was in the right place."
Over the next full year, Fink received treatment, which included radiation and chemotherapy.
"Cancer treatment is a very isolating experience. Even though you are always surrounded by so many people, you can still feel very alone."
Fink says that many people with cancer receive a lot of support and encouragement in the beginning of their treatment or when they are first diagnosed. But as weeks and months pass, support can wane – even though loved ones and friends have the best intentions.
It was this realization that inspired Fink to create TREATMiNT Box three years later.
Gifts that Keep On Giving
"TREATMiNT Box is a subscription gift box service for both people with cancer, as well as survivors," says Fink. It is the first-ever subscription service specifically designed with this population in mind.
Each gift box is covered in inspirational messages and is sturdy enough to keep and hold mementos, cards or anything else. The boxes include a mix of practical gifts and inspirational items: gorgeous art prints, all-natural beauty products, cozy socks, organic scarves, tech goodies and fine paper products. There are boxes with separate gifts in mind for men as well as women, with gift boxes for boys and girls coming soon.
You can purchase a one-time gift box delivery or a monthly subscription for three, six or 12 months.
"TREATMiNT Box is a way you can send support love to someone with cancer and know they will be treated to special products to both comfort and inspire," she says. "We want to provide a rock-solid way for friends and family to show their support and stay connected when it's hard to relate."
TREATMiNT Box is young – not even a year old - but has almost 300 subscribers so far. Fink says she plans to expand her services to include TREATMiNT boxes for kids and caregivers, as well as introduce a "Buy a box, donate a box" service. For every box purchased, Fink hopes to donate a box to someone in treatment.
"I want to continue to create a community of patients and survivors that help us curate products for our boxes," says Fink. "Connecting with patients and survivors can be an extraordinary healing experience."
Fink adds her own encouragement for those currently undergoing cancer treatment and therapy: "Stop Googling your cancer type and focusing on survival rates. Instead, focus on what you can do today to stay positive. Take things one day at a time."