How this all started…
I lost both of my parents to cancer. Starting in 2008, both my mother and father were diagnosed with terminal cancer, within 14 months of each other.
When I sat bedside with my mother during the last stages of her fight, I told her I wanted to do something more to help families who were going through the same struggles. We talked about how hard it had been financially on our family. My mother also told me stories about other individuals fighting the battle, who had nothing. Once I learned of those situations, it really inspired us to help out others that didn’t have the resources we did. We have been blessed with a wonderful business that allows us to print the shirts and give the profits away. We hope that by doing this, we can help ease some of the struggle that we know these families are going through.
Fortunately, my mother was able to see the idea come to life.
On the drive home from Texas after we buried my father, my wonderful mother-in-law decided she was going to get a mammogram as soon as she got back home. Something about my father’s funeral hit home with her, and she finally made up her mind to get this important test done. She was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. This was, of course, devastating news to our families. She fought hard and, thankfully, has been winning her battle against breast cancer. In 2010, my father-in-law was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, and is currently fighting his fight. Over the years, our family and friends have been affected by this terrible disease.
Since the start of the “Fight Like a Girl” project, we have donated over $50,000 to organizations that directly help families who are fighting the battle.