As those of you who have been following Veggies and Glitter are fully aware, my mom has spent the last year fighting an invasive form of breast cancer. After going through chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and lots of physical therapy, she is currently undergoing radiation treatments that will continue for the next six weeks.
Even though my mom became very comfortable with going out in public with a bare head after undergoing chemotherapy treatments, she still found comfort in having caps and scarves available to her. When going out for a nice dinner or heading to the movie theater, she was able to express herself through scarves with bold, colorful prints while increasing her own personal comfort.
What many people don’t consider when a woman loses her hair during cancer treatments is the idea that such a loss affects her both emotionally and physically. While many women feel an emotional distress when they lose their hair, losing the hair on one’s head is also a really difficult physical process. Many women experience some physical pain as their hair stops growing, and wearing a scarf or cap can help to alleviate some discomfort, not to mention that it can keep one’s head warm. It’s also important to note that a woman doesn’t just wake up one day to find herself bald; losing one’s hair is a gradual transition, and a scarf or cap allows a woman an opportunity to cover her head during that in-between stage when she may be balding in some areas and not in others.
My mom has been fortunate to have an incredible support system around her when it comes to both emotional and physical needs. Some friends who had undergone chemo treatments in the past were generous enough to send their lightly used caps and scarves to her, which she has since passed on to other women who need them now that her hair is quickly returning.
However, not every woman who loses her hair has someone in her life who happens to have had prior experiences with cancer. Neither my mom nor I realized how expensive head scarves could be until we ventured out to the mall to find some for her; after a few glances at the price tags, we were baffled but extremely grateful for the resources some very special people had shared with her.
Sure, discount stores may have lovely scarves that work well for wrapping around the neck, but a scarf must be made of a special, breathable fabric and cut in a certain way to be able to practically work on a hairless head.
Unfortunately, the extremely limited selection available in department stores is also priced unbelievably high. Scarves with the simplest of designs that would have worked for chemo patients were upwards of $60, and those sold through many cancer websites are still rather expensive. With the compounding costs of treatments and medications, very few women have much left over to spend on groceries, let alone scarves or caps.
A friend signed my mom up with Good Wishes, a nonprofit organization that sends a high-quality scarf and an encouraging note to women who have lost their hair due to medical treatments such as chemotherapy. Not only did the Good Wishes staff send a beautiful scarf to my mom, she also received a personalized note signed by every person in their office. Teary-eyed, my mom told me how that note meant so much to her and tremendously brightened her day. Not only had each staff member signed her name, each person also included a note of encouragement.
Now that her hair is growing back, I’m teaming up with TeeSpring to sell t-shirts that will benefit Good Wishes monetarily so they can offer their nonprofit service to other women like my mom.
TeeSpring is an awesome service that allows individuals and organizations to design their own products to sell for fundraising purposes. The profits of each t-shirt that is sold through this link will be donated entirely to Good Wishes.
While I designed a unisex pink American Apparel short-sleeve tee inspired by the blog post my mom wrote last month, TeeSpring offers a variety of high-quality products from which designers can choose. Their large selection includes hoodies, tank tops, and tees with long or short sleeves in fits designed for men, women, or both sexes. They also offer multiple brands on which to print special messages, including Hanes and American Apparel.
As you can see from my design below, t-shirts can include a message both on the front and the back, and a variety of fonts and colors are also available. I had fun playing with a bunch of different fonts, but I ultimately decided on this one because of its bold, simple style.
Another great thing about TeeSpring is that their service is entirely risk-free for users. While most companies specializing in apparel design require customers to order a certain amount of shirts up-front, TeeSpring simply requires users to set a minimum amount of items that they would like to sell. Shirts are shipped directly to individual buyers’ homes, unless the designer of the shirt elects to offer free pick-up services. For those of you who are interested in purchasing my design, make sure to select “local pick-up” if you live in the Charlotte area in order to save on shipping charges.
The order only goes through if the minimum amount of orders is placed by the collective individuals buying the product, so if the minimum isn’t reached, the original designer of the shirt is not penalized; the orders are simply never processed. While I feel very strongly about helping Good Wishes, I would never have been able to afford to front the cost for several t-shirts that could potentially fail in selling.
I set the minimum amount of t-shirts to benefit Good Wishes at fifteen, but of course, the more I sell, the more money that goes to this organization. You can purchase a shirt for $16 by clicking here. If you are low on funds right now and can’t purchase a tee, you can also find other ways to support Good Wishes by visiting their official website.
This post has been sponsored by TeeSpring Crowdfunded Custom Apparel. All thoughts and content are my own.