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Brother’s Dying Wish Turns Into Family Business

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#1 Hum


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Posted 22 November 2012 - 14:21

Her brother's dying wish led Deb Papes-Stanzak to launch a business steeped in service to her family and thousands of others. There is such a need for the product she provides, the first shipment sold out almost immediately.

While undergoing dialysis, Ron Papes complained of being cold because of the short-sleeve shirts he wore to accommodate his treatment port. Blankets to stay warm proved to be a hassle and traditional hospital gowns were unflattering.

So his sister used her experience as a seamstress and retail sales professional to design a jacket with a dual-tab zipper in the arm to allow easy and direct access to the port, while maintaining warmth throughout the upper body.

"I came in the next day and he said, 'You're going to be a millionaire,'" recalls Papes-Stanzak in My Family Business. "'Everyone wants one of these. How can you make more? The nurses love it, too.'"

Papes-Stanzak launched RonWear in 2009 to manufacture treatment wear, including coordinating jackets and pants for men and women undergoing dialysis and chemotherapy. For them, warmth and comfort should be a given, but unfortunately they're not. RonWear fills that gap.

"It's a stylish faux jogging suit that has enclosed zippers where the ports are and that enables people to look normal and feel warm and comfortable in treatment."


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Posted 22 November 2012 - 14:39

While more of a nich product, it does fill a need. I hope she does good with this business venture.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 14:40

exploiting cancer patients :rofl:

#4 mokthraka


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Posted 24 November 2012 - 17:16

While more of a nich product, it does fill a need. I hope she does good with this business venture.

there are lots of products made specially for hospital related stuff. You should see how much the pillows we have for hyperbaric chambers cost.

exploiting cancer patients :rofl:

you know it will be hospitals buying these, not the patients.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 23:31

An excellent product. I can remember a friend of the family who had to have dialysis several years ago and this would have been perfect for him.