This morning, I said goodbye to my sweet little girls before their nap, grabbed my laptop case and headed to the office to work for a few hours. I kissed them goodbye, knowing full well I am going to see them again in just a little while, but they’ll be a little less tired and a little less grumpy.
Once I came into work, I opened my laptop and typed in bracouturekc.com, so I could read more about the amazing organization we have decided to partner with this month.
I didn’t get very far before I found tears welling in my eyes and my heart crumbling.
“The Bra Couture KC family lost a dear friend and model, Tieara McCallop, on October 2, 2016 to cancer. The mother of two small boys, Tieara brought a strength and amazing faith to her cancer journey, inspiring all of us who had the blessing of knowing her. Please join us in sending prayers of healing to her family and friends.”
Two precious little boys lost their mama to a horrible disease. Another mama won’t get to watch her babies grow up. Two more children won’t have their mama help them with their spelling words, or cheer for them at their basketball games, or teach them to drive, or watch them get married. No more goodnight snuggles and kisses, no more running to her when they’ve fallen and skinned their knees.
Clearly Tieara was an amazing woman who touched many lives, including mine, and hopefully yours. Today three little sentences reminded me that I need to savor every single moment I have with my daughters. I need to snuggle my crazy little girls and laugh when they try to put lipstick on their lips, and giggle when they run towards me trying to knock me over.
Tieara was one of thousands of people in the Kansas City area who have benefited from an incredible organization called Bra Couture KC. Ziyak has decided to partner with Bra Couture this month by giving 100% of our registration fees, received from businesses signing up to advertise with us, to Bra Couture KC.
As I continued to look through Bra Couture’s website, my amaze and excitement for all they do for the local cancer community continued to grow. They raise funds for patients who cannot pay for their cancer supplies on their own, covering medications, transportation to treatment, prosthetics, wigs, surgical supplies and lymphedema garments. They serve people of all ages and genders, but their main event specifically “celebrates breast cancer survivors to raise funds for Kansas City area organizations who are aligned with [their] mission.” Not only does Bra Couture raise money to support cancer patients, but they raise money to support other cancer-fighting organizations as well!
Bra Couture is exactly what it sounds like. Uniquely-designed, boutique-styled bras-turned works of art, modeled by breast cancer survivors in an art walk and fashion show. The money they have raised through this goes towards uninsured and underinsured individuals. They have already covered all of their expenses for the year, so every single penny that is donated to BCKC for the rest of the year will go back into the community.
In just six years, Bra Couture KC has raised just shy of $1,000,000 for Kanas City’s uninsured and underinsured cancer patients. They have served over 5,000 uninsured cancer patients at Kansas University’s Cancer Center and offer free mammograms and scans for women, focusing many of their efforts on Wyandotte County, one of the top counties in the NATION with breast cancer diagnoses.
We are choosing to partner with an organization that has found a marvelously creative way to empower women who are breast cancer survivors, but even more, Bra Couture KC unites the cancer-fighting community in the greater Kansas City region and reaches patients in ways many of us don’t even know are necessary.
For the rest of the month, we will feature Bra Couture KC and the people that benefit from the work this organization does.
I long for the day when cancer is a disease that is so uncommon that it feels strange for our lips to utter those letters together. I long for the day when little boys don’t lose their mamas, and mamas don’t lose the chance to watch their children grow up. I believe most of us long for that day more than we could ever express in words. Unfortunately, that day is not today. What we can do today is make a difference in Kansas City by helping members in our community who are fighting cancer, specifically breast cancer. We will do what we can do today while we wait for the day that a cure for cancer is found.
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Kendra is an Executive Assistant at Ziyak. She loves to share her humor and share her passions with anyone who will take the time to read what she writes.