The big "C" has unfortunately affected all of us at some point in our lives.
It's a beast.
It's ugly and mean.
But it will not scare us into a corner and back down from a good fight.
A dear friend of mine, Adèle, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013. She is certainly not the first of my friends and/or family to face this beast, but how she faced this fight and how she continues to battle for others is truly inspiring. A few years prior to her own diagnosis, Adèle lost her mother to ovarian cancer. Her mother - and best friend - was an avid knitter, so in a quest to keep her mother's memory alive and to increase cancer awareness, she learned to knit - and knit VERY well.
Since her diagnosis, she has developed her amazing talent and has created gorgeous hand-knitted items to sell, donating the proceeds to a range of related organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, Ovarian Cancer Canada and The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Check out her work on Facebook - Louve de Laine and follow her honestly scripted and inspiring journey on her blog, Lutin Tout Nu.
Recently, she helped support Ottawa's own Stuntman Stu's #beatleukemia campaign by raising a hefty donation and sending him one of her beautiful creations.
With the recent announcement of Gord Downie's (The Tragically Hip) terminal brain cancer, Adèle is inspired once again to challenge this monster by doing what she does best - knit. So when she reached out to me to help her with some promotional photography, I most certainly jumped on board.
Grey is the colour of brain tumour awareness so from now until the Hip's Man Machine Poem tour wraps up on August 20th, Adele will be donating 100% of the proceeds from all the grey Louve de Laine scarves and neck warmers to the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation in Gord's honour. I invite all the Hip fans to support this cause - I know there are MANY of you! Show Gord how much Canada cares by purchasing one of these amazing hand knit items, because in the end, we all need something to wear, to cover up from the cold wind running...
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