It takes a lot of courage to start a brand new non-profit in the midst of a down economy, but Ann Ruel has plenty of that.
One year ago, she beat breast cancer... Something that inspired her to start a wellness center to help other women going through their treatments.
Ruel found a lump in September of 2011, it turned out to be stage 3 breast cancer. After a double mastectomy, radiation, and chemotheraphy, she came out exhausted, but a survivor.
She also found herself left with a calling to help others going through what she just came through.
Ruel discovered reflexology and massage therapy helped her body heal from chemotherapy. She'll be featuring both of those at her new wellness center, On Eagles Wings, in Bridgton.
Two services that will be offered for free to breast cancer patients. Because it's a non-profit, a lot of paper work is involved, which has slowed the opening down. She's also been funding it through her other job as a realtor.
In the meantime, to help gain some funding, in the next few months, the wellness center will offer hot stone massages to the public for $75/hr. Half of the proceeds will go toward the center. They're also accepting donations. For more information, click here.