Taking a Day off Breast Cancer 4

Local Spa Opens its Doors to Mothers and Daughters Dealing with the Disease 

Sarita Murray beat breast cancer 15 years ago, but that was only the beginning of her battle. These days, she is waging war for others through her nonprofit Blink Pink, which provides support and resources to women with the disease. In October, the organization hosted its sixth annual Mommy & Me spa day, held at Sarita’s downtown Towson spa, SparTea.

“When I was diagnosed, it was especially horrible for my children,” Sarita explains. “They were so afraid.”

Those memories prompted her to create the event, which invites moms and daughters to come to SparTea for a day of pampering and play, to get their minds off cancer and chemotherapy.

“I wanted to do something for those kids,” she says. 

The space at SparTea—which for the rest of the year operates as a day spa for young girls—was transformed into a calming, comfortable oasis, perfect for mothers and daughters who need some quality time—and cupcakes—amidst their fight against cancer. Food was provided by local sponsors, so guests could nibble on healthy or sweet treats while they were spoiled by spa attendants. Sarita says Mommy & Me spa days tend to feel bigger than just a snack and a pedicure.

“It becomes so much more—it feels organic, holistic,” she says. “The kids get the sense that ‘it’s okay, mommy’s going to live.’”

The spa day was part of a slew of events planned locally to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Susan G. Koman 5K Race for the Cure was held this year on Sunday, October 15, at McHenry Row in Baltimore City. The race included a family walk and a celebration village with food and music. Additionally, the American Cancer Society of Maryland hosted their annual Making Strides walk on Sunday, October 22, beginning at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center YMCA.