Serving up food... and hope

October 10, 2008 11:15:41 AM PDT
Renee Amor is serving up lunch, along with awareness about breast cancer at the Pink Ribbon Café in Haddonfield, New Jersey.Renee is a three-time breast cancer survivor. She says she found a lump when she was 36, but put off getting a mammogram. By the time she found out she had cancer it had already spread.

Now she hopes the theme of her café, with pink chairs and pink ribbon mugs, will remind women to get screened.

"Every pink ribbon you see reminds you of something you need to do," Amor said. "You need to take care of that."

The menu lists a variety of homemade meals, with a touch of Renee's style, like the potato salad served in a margarita glass.

"My sister had the havarti. It's bacon, lettuce and tomato with havarti and avacado on a wrap. It's delicious," said Donna Saulino of Laurel Springs, New Jersey.

But customers don't just come for the food.

Many are here for the cause.

"Having three aunts that are breast cancer survivors and having lost a dear friend to breast cancer, it's a cause I really support," said Lisa Hurd of Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Renee says business now is a bit slow, but the goal is for 10% of all profits to go towards helping local breast cancer survivors.

The café opened in January, and so far $3,000 dollars has gone towards helping local patients pay for things not covered by insurance.

For Renee,she's already had a mastectomy, lumpectomy, chemo and radiation, but her fight against cancer unfortunately isn't over.

What gives her hope is spreading hope, and helping others.

"I'm just going to keep on trucking, I'm not going to give up. I'm going to do what I need to do," said Amor.

Renee has also opened a second CLICK HERE to visit the website.


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