It’s National Thank You Note Day, and I know who should get the biggest Thank You of all, and that is you all! This year there is so much to be thankful for, and all of it is because of you.
Together, we raised over $50,000. This fundraising effort funded a young scientist research grant from METAvivor in the honor of Champagne Joy, the late founder of #Cancerland. The models in the show represent all of us that face a cancer diagnosis, from previvors, to early stage, to late stage patients. Together, we showed the world that WE ARE ONE. In 2019, we will do this ground-breaking show once again, shining the light on Metastatic Disease. All models in the show are battling Stage IV breast cancer, and will have their moment in the spot light to show the world that we can be strong, resilient and hopeful, but we MUST raise dollars for research to extend our lives and improve therapies beyond what we have today.
I spent years designing and creating each and every piece in the line, and for years, continued to hear, “When will you have swimwear!” and we did it! What a successful launch and seeing so many selfies and summer photos posted on social media gave me such joy this summer! And there is still some left, so get it before its gone! (Photo by @VictoriaGold and The Breasties)
We are grateful to Soma for believing in us, our mission, and our goal to make sure all women undergoing breast surgery feels beautiful and comfortable, and most of all empowered! Not only did you believe in us, but in the entire community by pulling our solutions out of the back room and putting us front and center, and joining us in the conversation that just because we have cancer we are no less the women we want to be. We said goodbye to sport bras together, and now have styles that fit and are sexy!
Showing our doctors who help us so much during our treatment, how much we care, how much we appreciate, and how important their work is, was bigger than anything we have ever been able to do before.
Without you, I couldn’t make any of this happen. Couldn’t make my dreams come true, couldn’t keep growing AnaOno, and with you, I feel #NeverAlone.
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Guest Post: Katharine Doughty
When I found a lump in my chest in early 2010, I was ten years into a series of 26 self-portraits with four 4 images to complete. A theme of reclaiming runs throughout the project: reclaiming of self-representation, of our personal and collective stories and the power of visual image. Be it ten years or ten minutes, the essential gift is the same: focused discovery and reflection via the arts allows us to be a witness to ourselves. To hear and respond creatively to our bodies with our bodies is to reclaim a role in the healing of our bodies.