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Friday, October 9, 2020

Ft. Mitchell woman receives surprise spa basket from Karen Wellington Foundation

Amy Nordmeyer received a surprise gift basket full of pampering and spa goodies from the Karen Wellington Foundation.

Amy Nordmeyer received a surprise gift basket full of pampering and spa goodies – and a huge unicorn balloon – this month with a surprise visit from the Karen Wellington Foundation.

Nordmeyer, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, was nominated to receive a gift from the Karen Wellington Foundation which sets a goal to get each of the 100-plus women on their ever-growing waiting list of recipients to a beach, a spa, a concert – somewhere fun. 

For the time being, however, with COVID-19 precautions in place, Alexia Zigoris, the foundation’s executive director, says gift baskets filled with special spa treats, season passes to the zoo or King’s Island, or other special gifts, are being hand delivered to recipients – social-distancing and masks being honored, of course. The baskets generally include treats for the recipient’s children as well, in this case, Nordmeyer’s son Hunter found a few treasures for himself and his sister.

Since 2007, the Karen Wellington Foundation for Living with Breast Cancer has given more than 450 vacations and more than 300 spa days and other gifts to women living with breast cancer. The foundation was inspired by Karen Wellington, who raised two young children with her husband Kent, played tennis, coached soccer, became an accomplished painter, ran a successful freelance retail merchandising business, sang in a local band, and lived with breast cancer for ten years from the age of 30 to 40. 

Her foundation makes sure that women living with breast cancer have something to look forward to as a part of the treatment and healing process. 

To nominate a recipient, visit

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