Spa owner offers free services to cancer patients
In 2016, Edie Tolbert's Stonebrook Day Spa gave away $12,000 in complimentary spa services to 30 people.
Edie Tolbert, left, is the founder of Stonebrook Day Spa and new nonprofit the Stonebrook Project. Through the latter, Tolbert offers complimentary spa services to clients like Lorrie Mayfield, right, who are receiving cancer treatment.
In January 2008, Edie Tolbert’s “normal” was fractured. A routine mammogram led to a diagnosis of stage 0 DCIS breast cancer and a single mastectomy.
“During that time after I had my mastectomy, I was all bandaged up, I couldn’t lift my hands over my head, and everything became a process,” Tolbert remembers. “Realizing in that moment how many things I took for granted, I knew I wanted to make sure other people (experiencing cancer) had some normal in their lives.”
Tolbert opened Stonebrook Day Spa in Catoosa in 2010. A year later, she participated in the Susan G. Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure and gifted free massages to every breast cancer survivor she met.
“One thing led to another, and we started serving whomever asked us about spa services for cancer patients,” Tolbert says.
In 2016, the spa gave away $12,000 in complimentary spa services to 30 people. In November 2017, Tolbert launched a nonprofit, the Stonebrook Project, to expand services offered to those affected by cancer. In addition to providing massage therapy, reflexology, foot detox and other spa treatments to patients and caregivers, Tolbert plans to open a yoga studio and connect clients to counseling and support groups.
Tolbert says one of her clients is battling pancreatic cancer and comes in every two weeks for a manicure.
“She doesn’t like to talk about her cancer when she comes in,” Tolbert says. “She wants to talk about everything but her cancer, but that’s what helps get her through. It helps her have a piece of normal.”