There are several signs taped on the front door of Niki’s West restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama. One reminds customers that if they’re barefoot or have curlers in their hair, they won’t be served. There are three separate notifications that tank tops aren’t allowed. And in the middle of that display is a neatly typed notice that Niki’s is a “Family Establishment” with “Modest Attire Required.” Unfortunately, the restaurant seems to have decided that shirts supporting breast cancer awareness are less welcome than a set of hot rollers, calling the police on a customer who refused to strip out of his pink tee. On Saturday, Brian Studdard drove from Atlanta to Birmingham to celebrate his father’s 99th birthday at the restaurant,[…]

When I was 18-years-old, my mother found out she had cancer. It was such a shock and the worst time. I spent the next two years looking after her and was her primary carer because my dad had to work and my sisters were at university or working. I had first-hand experience of all the problems she faced—like her losing her hair and the depression that comes with getting a terminal illness. Even though the chemotherapy and the radiotherapy were going to prolong her life, they weren’t ever going to cure her. My mum also lost her sense of taste. You eat so many times a day and knowing that flavours would be dulled for the remainder of her life[…]