When life throws you Leukemia… YOU have to have “courage” to fight the fight and “CUREage” to win it! Diagnosed at age 36 with Essential Thrombocythemia, Lauren Blanchard, mom of 4 boys, has used this unexpected and unfortunate life-changing experience to extend inspiration to fellow cancer fighters, their families and friends by founding her own non-profit, gotCUREage. Now a proud supporter of the #StengthAndStyle campaign, Lauren shares her story and her CUREage with me in this eye-opening interview:
If you haven’t been following my #StrengthAndStyle campaign, now is an excellent time to start! Who doesn’t love to shop for a cause? In addition to planning the Red Shoe Gala, we have been working on adding a new component to the #StrengthAndStyle campaign! I’ve reached out to a few of our clients at Pretty Living PR to do a Shop4Strength promotion on their online stores helping to raise money for the campaign while we help promote their business and the concept has really taken off! So far, we have Pink Sugar Crystals and Vienna Victoria on board with many more collaborations in the works. Interested in getting your business involved in the #StrengthAndStyle campaign? Email me – firstname.lastname@example.org.
This past Thursday marked the end of first week of my Woman of the Year Campaign What an amazing whirlwind it has been already! I cannot believe how fast this is going! As you may or may not know, I have been nominated as a candidate for this year’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am so honored and excited to take what I love doing everyday and apply these skills to such an important cause! For a more detailed background on the #StrengthAndStyle campaign, click here. To start the week, after lots of letter writing and emails, my team and I headed to the campaign kickoff event at Pittsburgh Winery. It was wonderful to finally meet more of the LLS staff and the rest of the MWOY candidates!
I’m sure you’re probably thinking ‘Suicide is a terrible title to give to a blog post.’ In correlation with my project, La Nuit Noire, a ball to raise suicide awareness and prevention, I am going to start incorporating stories of suicide into my regular fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and pr content. I know, it’s a little different, but necessary… Since publicly announcing La Nuit Noire just a few short weeks ago, I have been absolutely blown away by the number of people who have opened up to me about their stories encountering suicide. Whether attempting suicide themselves, struggling with suicidal thoughts, or losing a loved one to suicide, so many people are affected and yet, it takes something powerful for people to open up about it.