Welcome to Yellow Brick Place

There’s no place like hope!

Welcome to Yellow Brick Place Cancer Wellness Center. We are the missing link between a cancer diagnosis and your journey to recovery.

Yellow Brick Place is a non-profit organization in Northeast Ohio that provides non-medical support to anyone battling cancer. Our purpose is to nourish and comfort the mind, body, and spirit during the fight against cancer. We provide a hopeful environment for patients, families, and caregivers. All services are free of charge – all those touched by cancer deserve access to services regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation.

The Yellow Brick Place facility in Youngstown, OH, is an atmosphere of dignity, respect, and hope. All clients are welcome by appointment. Please call us at 234-228-9550 to schedule.

Our Mission:

The mission of Yellow Brick Place is to offer support and education to cancer patients and those closest to them by providing individual and group services in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties in Ohio and Mercer and Lawrence Counties in Pennsylvania. The organization’s purpose is to nourish the mind, body, and spirit during the fight against cancer and provide a hopeful environment for cancer survivors, families, and caregivers. Cancer impacts all aspects of a person’s life. Coping with mental, physical, financial, and emotional worries takes a toll, and we are here to help alleviate that stress. We are the only cancer wellness center in the Mahoning Valley. All our services are offered free of charge and are non-medical.

Anna Aey and Donna Detwiler Co Founders of Yellow Brick Place

Our History

Yellow Brick Place was founded by two cancer survivors, Donna Detwiler and Anna Aey. While receiving treatment out of town they realized how much those on a similar path deserved to have access to a cancer wellness center here in the Valley. Their dream was to create a safe, non-medical place where clients would reap the benefits of a healing environment while finding the encouragement and hope that so many desperately seek while going through cancer. 

As Yellow Brick Place was being developed, two words stood out which were HOPE and HOME. Add in Donna’s love of the Wizard of Oz and its message to never give up, hence, “Yellow Brick Place – No Place Like HOPE” was formed. 

YBP collaborates with all cancer medical centers in the area ensuring all cancer patients have access to our services.

We are the Missing Link
a cancer diagnosis
Your journey to recovery

Our Team

We would like to thank our host of Volunteers that help make our mission successful.

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Carol Apinis


Retired, Speech-Language Pathologist

Chris Chrestay

Vice President

Social Worker, Youngstown City Schools

Laura Boomhower


Oncology Coordinator Health Educator, Mercy Health

Theresa Delaney


Accountant, Kirila Fire Training Facilities, Inc.

Renee Amacher

Chair of Grants

Director of Communications, Meridian Health Care

Dr. Amy Camardese

Retired, Westminster College of Education Chair, Education Professor

Todd Cole

Adjunct Professor, Westminster College, Retired, Laurel Schools Teacher.

Dan Lyden

Retired, Computer Specialist IT, Alcan Aluminum

Angela Palumbo

Chair of Volunteers & Programs

Retired RN, Forum Health

Alison Turner

Marketing Manager, Simon Roofing

Donna Wainio

Retired, YSU Training and
Technology Specialist

Jean Wainio

Retired, Executive Director of
Human Resources

We are Here to Help

Contact Yellow Brick Place Cancer Wellness Center today to learn more about our programs and how to get involved in our mission.

We serve Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania.