PILSEN — A pop-up thrift shop lead by a group of breast cancer survivors is opening in Pilsen Friday.
The Resurrection Project’s ELLAS, En La Lucha A Sobrevivir or In the Fight to Survive, will host a grand opening of its shop at 1805 S. Paulina St. at 10 a.m. Friday.
The shop will sell gently used clothing for women, men and children. There will also be jewelry and furniture sold to support women diagnosed with breast cancer, said the group’s health promoter and ELLAS Coordinator Araceli Lucio.
Revenue generated from the pop-up shop will help the organization provide free bras, prosthetics and wigs for low-income cancer survivors.
Money from the shop will also help provide free transportation for women diagnosed with cancer to go to the hospital and attend doctor visits.
In 2012, Lucio founded the group after noticing women battling breast cancer or in remission looking for a support network.
“One of the barriers in our culture as Latina women, we aren’t accustomed to talking about these issues and we don’t know who to turn to,” Lucio said.
In addition to the taboo of discussing health-related concerns, other barriers include a lack of information in the Spanish-speaking community on getting free mammograms and treatment referrals, Lucio said.
“It’s important for the women in our communities diagnosed with breast cancer to identify with others going through something similar, ” she added.
The shop is open Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.