Spa offers raffle to help mother of three with Stage 4 stomach cancer

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BUCHANAN, Mich. (WNDU) - There is a heartbreaking story out of Buchanan that you can help turn into a heartwarming story.

The spa is a place to lose your worries, relax and cleanse your body of whatever might have a hold on you. But now, Pure Rituals in Buchanan is helping cleanse something that they don't usually deal with: cancer.

"My sister-in-law just had my niece on Feb. 17," Nicole Mitchell-Custard said. "And she was feeling very ill throughout her pregnancy. Two days later, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer."

Clara Mitchell, already a mother of two boys, thought she had some odd symptoms during her pregnancy. After a check-up, she and her doctors thought the odd symptoms were just because of her pregnancy. Even after giving birth to a healthy baby girl, the symptoms stayed and she heard the news.

"It's hard to process," Nicole said. "But we're really just trying to do everything we can to support her."

Nicole, is a manager at Pure Rituals in Buchanan. So, to raise funds for the medical costs Clara would be facing, she set up a raffle: Buy one $25 ticket and get a chance to win several hundred dollars worth of Aveda products or a gift card. This would all go toward Clara to get chemotherapy, possibly extending her life just a bit.

"Cancer in Stage 4, there is about a 4 percent chance to survive five years," Nicole said.

With the spa's help, support has been flooding the store to help out Clara in the hopes she can spend her life enjoying the new life she just made instead of worrying for her own.

"We've had a lot of just really great people reach out that have never met her in their lives and they're just so caring and it really gives me a positive feeling on humankind," Nicole said. "We hear a lot of bad things, but there are a lot of great people out there."

No matter if you're doing it for some lotion or to help a mother in need, Clara says she's thankful for the hope the community has given them.

All of the products in the raffle were donated by Pure Rituals.

If you'd like to help but can't make it out to Pure Rituals in Buchanan, you can mail the spa a check. If you want to enter the raffle, you need to specify if you're entering for the $200 gift card or the Aveda gift bag worth more than $400. It's also OK to donate without entering the raffle.

All funds will be donated directly to Clara.

The address is 108 E. Front St., Buchanan, MI 49107.