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Cookie’s Lasting Legacy: July 1, 2012

Breast cancer is debilitating in more ways than one.  In addition to fighting a deadly disease, women often feel sapped of their femininity.  But it was one woman’s wish to give others much needed pampering.  Now it’s become her legacy.

You may have walked by and wondered what it was – Cookie’s Place.  A spa-styled boutique tucked into Lee Memorial’s Regional Cancer Center. 

“We do a lot of massages.  We do aromatherapy; we do a lot with these scented oils. We do jewelry; we do several gift items,” says Cookie’s Place coordinator Lindy French. 

Most everything caters to women, named for one woman who is no longer here.  The shop is named in memory of Cookie Needle. 

“Cookie actually started this department. Her background was in makeup and hair. Unfortunately Cookie passed away,” says French.

Cookie died of breast cancer in 2006, before this building was open. But her desire to make women feel beautiful, even with a debilitating disease, has become her living legacy.

Erini Bonou-Price shares something with Cookie – she’s a sister in the breast cancer battle.  This shop caters to her needs.

“I always will come here to get the wigs, prosthesis.  For breast cancer, the massages, which they’re, you know, very good,” says Bonou-Price.

There is no place like it.  This one-stop shop for wigs, gifts, relaxation and inspiration, a place Cookie would have appreciated.

“Because of her contribution to women, that she had touched their lives,” says French.