Shining a Light Among the Darkness of Cancer

. February 27, 2015.

Shining Light has been providing luminosity by offering specialized and complimentary spa services to those battling cancer. Founder Jole Stevens is a stylist and manager at Journey Salon & Day Spa who started the organization after losing a friend to the disease. Originally from Wauseon, Ohio, Jole has spent the last nine years calling the Findlay area home. She and her husband, Brad, live with their two sons, Cohen, 7, and Channing, 3, in Van Buren.

What is the inspiration behind Shining Light?

My friend, Lenora, who was in my small group at church passed away from cancer when she was just 41 years old. After she was gone, I found myself wishing I had done something for her. But then I realized that just because she is gone doesn’t mean I can’t do something now. 

How did you get started?

I came up with the idea of providing spa services to cancer victims and approached Megan and Kyle Reichenbach, the owners of Journey, with the idea. They were very supportive and wanted to partner with me. We had a logo designed to incorporate the meaning of the name Lenora, “Shining Light,” and a yellow rose as a sign of joy, friendship and good health. 

What services are included in the Shining Light experience?

Guests can choose between four different spa experiences depending on what they prefer.  These four “Journeys” each include a combination of two services, including manicures, pedicures and massage. The most popular is probably the “Glowing Journey” because it includes an hour of therapeutic massage. Guests find it very relaxing.

What do you find inspiring about Shining Light?

It’s great to see people relaxed and calm, feeling like a normal guest in the spa. All Shining Light guests leave with a yellow rose from Gina Lynne Floral & Design and a little box of Dietsch’s chocolates. It’s also great to see previous Shining Light guests return to the salon for services when they are healthy, knowing they are beating cancer.

How do people hear about Shining Light?

Most people find out about us through Cancer Patient Services. Local companies and organizations have also supported us and raised money for our cause. We have about two to three Shining Light guests per month. Anyone battling cancer can call Journey Salon & Day Spa to make an appointment. 

How can people help ​support the cause?

Shining Light is a great way to do something for a friend or family member battling cancer when you are unsure of how to help. You can make a donation in honor of someone with cancer and that person will be invited by Shining Light to set up their own experience. You may also donate in one’s memory. All donations can be made on Shining Light’s website or within Journey Salon & Day Spa.

For more information or to make a donation, go to Journey Salon & Day Spa, 127 W. Hardin St. 419-427-2420.