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TREATMiNT Boxes Guide Cancer Patients Through Their Battle

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An East Falls woman already beat cancer herself, but she's continuing her battle against the deadly disease.

Her new mission centers around helping others fighting cancer.

FOX 29's Drew Dickman was there when she delivered one of her first TREATMiNT boxes.

Kimberly Fink first met Rebecca Carpino at a grocery store last fall and their bond was instant.

It may look like a shoebox, but inside is fuel for the fight against cancer, through gifts and messages of love, meant to inspire.

"Hope shines brightest in the darkest moments,” said Carpino.

27-year-old Carpino could use those uplifting words.

"You don't really want to hear the c word, especially at your age and being young. And you feel like you have the whole world in your hands, and now everything in your life is on hold because you have to try and stay alive,” said Carpino.

She learned the devastating diagnosis last summer.

Since then, she's undergone more than 15 rounds of chemotherapy and 31 treatments of radiation to ward off her bone cancer.

While she knows there's light at the end of the tunnel, receiving a TREATMiNT box helps keep her going.

"People are actually thinking about you and it's actually something that really motivates you during your treatment,” said Carpino.

That motivation is precisely what led Fink to start the subscription based service.

"A lot of people come around at the beginning, but people don't know how to continue to support you," said Fink.

3 years ago Fink was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She's now in remission after a year of treatment.

She learned through her own journey how critical it is to have someone to lean on consistently.

"That's really when you need it the most when you're in the middle of your treatment. And you feel like you can't pick your head up off the pillow, and at that point sometimes there's not a lot of people around," she said.

The name comes from providing treatment, keeping in mind the soothing principles of a mint.

The packages come in three, six and twelve month installments, with different items each month.

The boxes also keep in mind the needs of women and the needs of men.

"It's a little bit less inspirational and more comfort items,” said Fink.

All jokes aside, Fink wants to bring a little light to a journey for some that can seem so dark.

"It's always a constant reminder to have things like that knowing that people are there caring for you, and thinking of you it makes you so much stronger, said Fink. “I fell like there is power in numbers, so the more numbers I have the more I feel powerful, stronger and the will to fight.”

For more information on TREATMiNT boxes, please visit http://treatmintbox.com/

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