On December 20th, 2004, I was baptized into the body of Christ. After I came out of the water, the first person I was greeted by was a wonderful woman named Vanessa. She handed me a towel, gave me a hug, and said, “Welcome to the family.”
Four years later, I was visiting Vanessa in hospice. I held her hand by her bedside and said goodbye to my friend, my sister. Vanessa was tired of fighting the breast cancer that had returned more than once in the time that I had known her. She was ready to go home. And while none of us who knew her wanted to let her go, we didn’t want to see her suffer any more.
You never think it’s going to happen to you. But three of my friends have had “scary” doctor’s appointments in the past few months; things that required mammograms and ultrasounds and biopsies. Women my age. Women like me. Women with young children. And that’s the thing; cancer is no respecter of persons. It could be me. It could be any of us.
I put on the pink sweater because it was my friend. It could be more of my friends. And it could even be me. This vintage pink sweater is traveling all over, to women of all ages that want to show support and raise funds and awareness for women just like us. If you admire this fabulous pink sweater, go ahead and share or “like” it on your social networks, but don’t stop there. Visit the #SisterhoodoftheTravelingPinkSweater campaign and make a donation.
After you’ve made your donation, please share my post with everyone in your network to spread the word about this cause. The Pink Ribbon Connection provides underserved women with information and resources such as bras, wigs, prostheses, and other assistance that supports breast cancer diagnosis, care, and recovery.
This sweater is making a yearlong journey, passing from one woman to the next in support of this cause. It’s a journey that symbolizes the road so many women travel on their way to recovery. It also reflects the solidarity of all people who care for neighbors, friends, sisters, aunts, cousins, mothers, daughters, wives, and girlfriends affected by breast cancer.
It’s my job to introduce the next sponsor for the #SisterhoodoftheTravelingPinkSweater, my friend and colleague Heather Sokol. Heather will share her own story about the sweater and what it means to her, and I hope you’ll take the time to read it and share it.