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Verda's Place

Making the road to recovery more comfortable

Verda's Place is an appearance center for cancer patients in the Kansas City community who are uninsured or insured by Medicaid.

Cancer treatments often result in dramatic changes in appearance that present emotional obstacles for patients and survivors. Verda's Place, an appearance center for low-income cancer patients, helps develop self-confidence and aims to make the road to recovery more comfortable.

The Research Foundation has collaborated with Bra Couture KC to provide Verda's Place. Bra Couture KC provides funding for Kansas City area organizations that provide life-empowering services to uninsured and underinsured individuals who have been touched by cancer. Verda's Place, located in the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Research Medical Center, offers wigs, hats, scarves, lymphedema sleeves, bras, prosthetics and other items for cancer patients. Support is also available for utilities, food cards, medications, and nutritional supplements for these patients. 


After Verda’s Place provided hats for Jason, helped him pay his rent, and allowed him to focus on the fight in front of him, he could look forward. Now, he is concentrating on being cancer free.

Tarone's seizure was only the beginning of his medical journey. A neurosurgeon removed his brain tumor and ran a biopsy. He was then diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in April 2022.

Bobbie Clark beat cervical cancer in 2018. Just three years later, she would end up back in the hospital with lung cancer.


Verda's Place is named from Verda Mae Salberg, a 47-year-old wife and mother of two daughters. Verda lost her battle with cancer in 2017. As a longtime volunteer for Bra Couture and an advocate for cancer survivors, Verda lived by example.

Verda's Place is a partnership of