"I believe that we are a connected people. And it’s not difficult to see that cancer touches all of us." Aaron Rodgers
Sarah Bartosz sat across from me at my desk and told her story about her son Jack. Jack was diagnosed with cancer and inspired many (including his twin sister Annie) to raise awareness for childhood cancer and support other families through the I Back Jack Foundation. Shortly after Jack lost his seven year battle, the Bartosz family were determined to GROW GOLD and bring HOPE to children all over, offering support through their foundation - which transformed into Gold in September® (G9 Project). It was the house that Jack built, the project that Annie inspired and a mission The Bartosz family is growing via their new / updated initiative Beat Childhood Cancer.
After producing these GOLD HOPE loveys, we kept excess stock for our own kindness project and the very first child to receive this lovey was one of our first customers, another boy named Jack who had a rare form of stomach cancer and undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital Wisconsin. It was another Jack that kept us grounded.
My own baby Jack inspired me to create comfort for children of all ages. I noticed he took comfort at night with his ribbons and it soothed him to sleep so I decided to start selling these products, but with a safer option of ribbons sewn shut since ribbon loops give me anxiety.