Well, it seems Alanis Morissette is right. Life does have a funny way of sneaking up on you. And at times, when it does so, it implores you to act…..to do something. ANYTHING.
When Natalie and I started this business about which we are so passionate, we made it our mission right from the get-go to try to effect change in some way, to the best of our abilities. How exactly to accomplish this was, is and probably always will be a constant work in progress. It’s a conversation that we have daily, usually several times per day. In this digital, incredibly fast-paced world in which we live and work, our business is growing and changing and we are growing and changing with it.
Growth however comes in many shapes and sizes and there is an undeniable learning curve. As entrepreneurs with an online presence, we are bombarded regularly with requests for collaborations, donations and other such partnerships. We try to filter through them carefully, learn as much as we can and determine which resonate with us. When we received an email from Jaime Wright, the founder and Executive Director of Lolly’s Locks, we didn’t have to delve too deeply to realize that this is exactly the type of charity we are happy to support.
The reason for this is pretty simple: Lolly’s Locks, named in loving memory of Jaime’s mother Lolly, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high-quality wigs to cancer patients. I understand first-hand the positive impact this can have psychologically on cancer patients and in restoring a sense of normalcy amidst chaos. In 2002, at age 37, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two months later, my incredible mother was diagnosed with advanced stage ovarian cancer. Throughout that year, we both underwent multiple surgeries and endured chemo together (not exactly a typical mother/daughter bonding experience). We subsequently learned that we were carriers of the BRCA1 mutation, as did Jaime.
Sadly my mother lost her battle in 2007. My daughter Olivia, who was nine at the time, decided that she would like to donate her hair to Pantene and Locks of Love and she challenged me to do so as well. Of course, I happily obliged. Since 2008, we have donated our hair seven times (between the two of us). It’s not huge, but it’s something.
That, in a nutshell, is a very condensed version of why Natalie and I so willingly decided to donate one of our stunning sterling silver Unity Om necklaces to the silent auction for Lolly’s Locks fifth annual DC Night of Fashion. We (specifically I) felt a connection to Jaime and her cause and appreciated her commitment and dedication to it. Once again, it’s not huge, but it’s something. We are learning as we go, one foot in front of the other. The journey of a thousand miles really does begin with a single step.
To learn more about Lolly’s Locks, click here: www.lollyslocks.org