Recently, I was contacted by a young woman who is reaching out to help those going through treatments for cancer. Rather than me tell you her story, I will let her tell it. So here is Holly:
Hi! My name is Holly Porath. In 2010, cancer rocked my family’s world when it struck my Mom with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. When my Mom was first diagnosed, I was living in California, which felt like a world away from our hometown in Michigan. I felt so helpless. All I wanted to do was sit next to her during her lengthy chemo treatments but all I could do was be a support for her from afar. That’s when I came up with an idea of how I could send my love and support, even though I could not be with her physically.
If you’ve ever had a loved one with cancer, you know all too well there are limited items out there to help them feel better. To be honest, it’s a near impossible uphill battle to feel comfortable during treatment. I found my Mom was soon overwhelmed with pink ribbon branded items: t-shirts, socks, key chains, etc. But none of these items helped her feel better in a practical way, when she needed it most. I took to the Internet and searched for anything and everything that might take away even a little bit of her discomfort from nausea, dry skin and dry mouth. That’s when I came up with the idea of “Brave Box”. Brave Box is a care package for those going through chemo, which contains practical items to help them feel better.
Sadly, my Mom lost her battle in May 2014. However, to honor my mom’s memory, I took the idea of a cancer care package and ran with it. Through lots of hard work, Brave Box is now a real, tangible, product that eases the discomfort of those still fighting.
Six years ago when my Mom was first diagnosed, the idea of a care package to help ease her discomfort was just an idea. For four years, I thought about ways I could ease her struggle. I took note of her favorite products, and the items that brought her comfort. Then, finally, I took the plunge. I built up the courage, ignored all the reasons why it wouldn’t work, brainstormed a name, designed a box, built my own website and ordered in bulk. Finally, my dream is a reality!
Two years ago, when my mom passed away, my world came crashing down. Today, I’m in a MUCH better place hoping to provide a presence (through Brave Box, my blog, and community involvement) that allows me to help as many people afflicted by cancer as possible. Not only am I honoring my mom’s memory, but Brave Box also allows me to ease the discomfort of those who are still fighting.
It’s incredibly easy to feel helpless when watching a loved one fight this disease. Let’s work together, as a team, to take some of that helplessness away and bring back some strength to the fight. Let’s help one another be BRAVE!
You can learn more about Brave Box here: www.bravebox.org