GoFugYourself.com has long been on our daily "must read" list. Heather and Jessica's fierce wit, sartorial snobbery and a pop-culture obsessions are spot-on. As long time fans, we couldn't be more excited when the brilliant minds behind Go Fug Yourself agreed to be the exclusive designers of our Breast Cancer Awareness Month shoe. 100% of the profits of the sale of this shoe will be going to the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation.
Breast Cancer is a subject that is close to our hearts. In April of 2010, at the age of 37, and six months pregnant, our cousin Sara was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She quickly began an aggressive treatment plan of surgery, followed by chemotherapy, then radiation. With a two year-old at home, Sara (and her angelic husband, Brian) faced this head on and fought cancer and carried her baby to term all at the same time. She underwent two months of her first part of chemo (post surgery), paused for 10 days, gave birth, then began phase two of chemotherapy that lasted another three months. After that, more radiation.
Liza Kate Lewis was born August 23, 2010 weighing in at 5 lbs. 7 oz. and is as healthy as can be. And exactly one year later, the week Liza turned one, Sara was greeted with the news that she had all clean scans and was cancer free. And here we are another year later and another year of clean scans and cancer free AND a head full of hair :)
From Heather and Jessica: "There are few things we love more than shoes: you can have a bad hair day, you can wake up and discover your jeans don't fit, but your shoes are always there for you. They always look gorgeous. They will never let you down. So obviously, we were thrilled to design our very own pair. We're even more excited that 100% of the profits will be going to the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation. Breast cancer affects all of us -- and we'd like to wear some cute shoes to help kick its ass."
Again this year we have selected the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation as the charity. "The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation made a huge difference in my/ our experiences," Sara said. "They helped us to fund childcare once Liza was born and I was back in chemo. Without their generous support, we couldn't have juggled a newborn, a 2 1/2 year old, Brian's full-time job, and my intensive treatments."
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women; given that one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease during her lifetime, it's likely you know someone afflicted by it as well. Fortunately, breast cancer death rates have been going down which is attributed to earlier detection. Let's do our part to help support research and increase survival.
Together with Go Fug Yourself's Heather and Jessica, our inspiring cousin Sara and everyone and Milk & Honey, we are honored to be able to offer you our GO FUG CANCER shoe.
With much gratitude,
Ilissa and Dori