Fabulous And Fighting Inc wrote -
Fabulous and Fighting started with a dream to help empower and improve the self-image of female cancer patients. Through collaborating with the fashion industry to provide donated new apparel for women battling the horrific disease, it was our mission to bring these inspiring individuals a moment of joy, and to remind them of their beauty.
Officially launching as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2014 with the support of amazing companies, friends and volunteers, we have been able to touch multiple lives when hosting temporary pop up stores at New York City hospitals where patients select items that make them feel and look stunning. The smiles and joy that our volunteers have witnessed when helping patients find apparel are priceless, and is proof that Fabulous and Fighting is onto something special.
As I look at the below letter about how Fabulous and Fighting came into existence, I am blown away at the impact we are creating -- and it's only the beginning. In 2017, we have the goal to increase the number of temporary popup stores across the NYC area so that we can serve more patients. This is where we need your help!
In order to further grow as an organization, we are goaling to raise $20,000 by December 31st, 2016. This money will go toward the necessary operating funds that will help cover the following:
- storage space for donated apparel
- materials for clothing distribution events at hospitals
- website maintenance fees
- part-time paid staff member (to be hired in Winter 2017)
- marketing materials
Your tax-deductible donation to keep this cause going, no matter what the amount, is greatly appreciated and will be going toward our significant mission of making an impact on the lives of female cancer patients. These phenomenal patients are battling for their lives, and they deserve to feel beautiful and confident. Our hope is that the more confident they feel, the better their outlook will be as they go through this fight, thus helping improve their chances of survival.
Fabulous and Fighting has the potential to be a truly life-changing organization, and we can get there with your help of a tax-deductible donation. I can't thank you enough for considering joining us in this powerful movement, and I look forward to growing the charity with you by our side!
FABULOUS AND FIGHTING BACKGROUND
In June 2013, my Mom—who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma—received a free wig in preparation for one of the side effects of chemotherapy. This act of generosity, together with the realization that wigs and makeup were being donated to patients undergoing cancer treatment, gave me a new appreciation for the hair care and cosmetics industries.
However, I was surprised to learn that clothing was not being donated by the fashion industry. Clearly, a need existed as treatments can cause extreme weight changes, creating the additional expense of new clothes on top of extraordinarily expensive treatment plans. Bankruptcies have occurred even for patients who have health insurance. Therefore, any opportunity to reduce out-of-pocket costs is necessary.
Furthermore, it is key for cancer patients to have a positive outlook in this fight. I will never forget the image of a young girl who was receiving chemotherapy. Although she had lost her hair, she was beautiful. As she read a fashion magazine while receiving chemo, I thought, “Why should this patient, or any patient, not feel good about their appearance as they go through one of the most difficult chapters in their life?”
The fashion industry has the power to help each cancer patient feel beautiful and confident—in short, fabulous—in maintaining a positive fighting spirit. That is why I founded “Fabulous & Fighting”.
-Bethany Heinrich, Founder August 2013