Laura On: September Childhood Cancer Awareness
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a month when we take extra time to honor the little warriors that have been and continue to be, affected by childhood cancer. As a partner to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, this month is extra special as it gives us another opportunity to help St. Jude in their fight to cure childhood diseases.
As you probably know, we have been creating custom products for St. Jude for many years. In addition to those products, for the past two years, we’ve created a limited edition Inspire Happy Mug specifically for September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Our hope is that people will use these mugs and be inspired to take a moment and think of others.
It all came full circle for me when I received a message from a friend that I hadn’t talked to in years. I knew that his daughter Emily was a childhood cancer survivor, but what I didn’t know was that Emily’s cancer had returned a few years back during her sophomore year of college. At that time, her doctors gave her very little hope. Luckily, one of her surgeons suggested they contact St. Jude to see if they could help. Thankfully, Emily was successfully treated at St. Jude and after two brain surgeries and chemotherapy courses she is happy, healthy and in remission. He wrote me this letter after returning home from her final appointment at St. Jude. He happened to notice “Coton Colors” printed on the bottom of the St. Jude coffee mug from which he had just finished his morning cup of coffee. He thanked us for our partnership and said that out of all the wonderful children’s hospitals he has unfortunately had to experience, there was no place like St. Jude!
These mugs have always meant something to me, but maybe a little more so now. Emily has since graduated college and is doing well. It’s stories like hers and so many others that make our partnership with St. Jude so important. You can purchase this year’s limited edition mug on www.Happy-Everything.com or www.Coton-Colors.com, in our flagship stores, and through participating Coton Colors’ retailers. A portion of the cost of each mug will then be donated directly to St. Jude.
Thank you for partnering with us!