Strong Language Motivates the Fight against Cancer
We're posting monthly blogs from our favourite integrative cancer care clinic, InspireHealth. This month we hear about a patient who was inspired to create a public education campaign that has already raised more than $100,000 for InspireHealth! Here's her story.
"Big battles need big words and living with cancer demands courage, self-awareness, and that secret source of power—a sense of humour!" These savvy and insightful words were spoken by Susan Fiedler, a cancer survivor and a patient of InspireHealth.
Susan was a designer and the owner of a very successful jewellery business. Like so many of us, she was married to her work, and being constantly stressed out was a normal part of her daily life. In retrospect, she didn't know what she was missing. One day, with her energy depleted, she ended up in her doctor's office hearing the words "you have cancer." Cancer had been the furthest thing from her mind, and the diagnosis was shocking. Susan was told she had stage four non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and to tie up loose ends because the prognosis was poor.
Susan first sought out integrative care when her radiation treatment left her feeling "wiped out." She discovered InspireHealth, where she was able to get practical information, support, and guidance that helped with her recovery. What Susan learned had a profound influence on how she chose to live her life going forward. It was a transforming experience!
As a professional jewellery designer who had created pieces for Sarah McLachlan, The Barenaked Ladies, and even the Rolling Stones, Susan wanted to create something for herself to express what she had been through—something she could wear instead of a plastic wristband.
Believe it or not, "F*** Cancer" was the first phrase that came to mind. Susan said that the strong language worked for her, not because it was shocking or obscene, but because it was honest, sassy, and funny. The phrase "F*** Cancer" meant that cancer hadn't killed the rebellious, daring part of her, and once she started wearing the bracelet, everyone wanted one. People loved the design combined with the raw emotion of the statement—they "got it" right away.
From the initial bracelet that Susan created for herself as a personal emblem of empowerment, the F Cancer Embrace Life initiative was born. Through this initiative, Susan turned her experience into a call to action, and found a meaningful way to raise funds for InspireHealth and empower others in their own journeys through cancer.
Cancer bracelets say "fuck you" in such a fashionable way
You can't argue with the sentiment: fuck cancer!
It's a little more in-your-face than a pink ribbon, and inspired local jewellery designer and cancer survivor Susan Fiedler has expressed the idea in such a, well, fucking cool way.
Her F Cancer cuff bracelets have already raised an unbelievable $100,000 for Vancouver's InspireHealth (a not-for-profit integrative cancer-care clinic). And it's easy to see why: the message is scrawled effectively between the heart-monitor blips that cut across the top of her metal bands. On the inside, though, is the spirit of hope: it reads, Embrace Life.
Until now, the bracelets have come in sterling silver. But, just in time for Cancer Awareness Month, Fiedler has launched copper cuffs at half the price.
Silver versions sell for $150 to $210, depending on size; copper renditions are $75 to $105. About $25 from each bracelet goes toward the clinic, which is expanding throughout the province. They're on sale here.
Style fans might remember Fiedler's name from her popular Soul Flower line, which used to grace the wrists and necks of musical acts like Sarah McLachlan, Queens of the Stone Age, and Michael Franti. Fiedler was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2007, and after beating it and receiving treatment at InspireHealth, she created the first F Cancer fundraising bracelets.
F Cancer bracelet featured as a Prime Find in Vancouver View
Susan Fiedler on Urban Rush with Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford
Susan Fiedler on Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer
Are you looking for a new and unique way to raise funds and create awareness for your fundraising program? The F Cancer™ Embrace Life Ambassador Program may be just the answer you need. The objective of the Ambassador Program is to assist organizations and individuals in their cancer fundraising efforts. With every F Cancer™ Embrace Life bracelet sold for your cancer care cause, $50.00 is donated to that cause. You can purchase bracelets and sell them as part of an event or F Cancer™ can set up an account dedicated to your event and sell the bracelets for you. The organization that F Cancer has chosen to create awareness and raise funds for is InspireHealth (www.inspirehealthbc.ca). Every F Cancer bracelet sold raises $50 with the purchaser receiving a charitable tax receipt for their donation. To date, there has been over $100,000 raised for InspireHealth, thanks to the F Cancer bracelet.
Please visit our website at www.fcancerembracelife.com to view some of the groups that have joined our Ambassador Program, including:
- Canadian Breast Cancer Association www.cbcf.org
- Ride2Survive www.teamcoastalcycling.com/display/r2s/ride2survive
- Team Finn www.teamfinn.com/
- Team in Training www.teamintraining.org/
- Wellspring Calgary www.wellspringcalgary.com
If you raise funds for a cancer initiative that meet our criteria and have a great idea on how our jewelry or artwork can help, we want to hear about it!
For further information or media/publicity inquiries, please contact Maureen O’Brien at Velocity Public Relations – Maureen@velocitypr.ca
FACING FEAR. INSPIRING HOPE. EMBRACING LIFE.
To date, almost $100,000 has been donated to InspireHealth. Every F Cancer™ bracelet sold raises $50 for InspireHealth, with the purchaser receiving a charitable tax receipt for their donation. By selling 30 bracelets in the next 30 days, F Cancer Embrace Life will reach their initial goal of a $100,000 contribution.
Susan Fiedler, Founder, says "F Cancer Embrace Life is my personal initiative launched in October of 2008. I wanted to put my experience and connections to good use in the world, so I created the F Cancer bracelet to raise funds and awareness for InspireHealth, the clinic where I was treated. People love to wear or give the bracelet as a way to express their support of friends and family (and selves) who have cancer. Nothing against pink ribbons, but this bracelet tells it like it is."
InspireHealth is Canada's foremost integrated cancer care centre. It provides people living with cancer guidance on how to integrate research-informed natural approaches to healing into their cancer treatment and recovery.
Mr. Hal Gunn, co-founder and CEO of InspireHealth says, "Susan is a wonderful reflection of InspireHealth's empowered philosophy and self-engagement in health - courage, self-awareness and fun. Thank you for joining Susan in facing fear, supporting InspireHealth's vision of transforming a cancer diagnosis into inspired embrace of life, and ultimately, 'telling it like it is!' InspireHealth's mission is to support the establishment of such centers throughout Canada and to inspire integrated cancer care world-wide. Each bracelet worn brings us one step closer to our goal. Thank you!"
Today you can see celebrities such as Sarah McLachlan, Michael Franti, W. Brett Wilson, Lisa Ray and the Barenaked Ladies wearing F Cancer™ bracelets.
Vanity Plate Rejected
Just weeks after a Barrie man was approved for a personalized licence plate reading "F CANCER", the Ministry of Transportation has reversed the decision and rejected the application.
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Jeweler Starts New F Cancer Ambassador Program
Who doesn’t want to give the middle finger to cancer? Jewelry designer Susan Fiedler, creator of the sterling silver Fuck Cancer bracelets, has launched The F Cancer Embrace Life Ambassador program.
Since creating the bracelet two years ago, she has raised more than $70,000 for Vancouver-based InspireHealth, a not-for-profit integrated cancer care centre. Now Fiedler is offering individuals and organizations that meet the criteria the chance to sell the Fuck Cancer bracelet to raise money for their own cancer cause.
The bracelets can be purchased directly and sold at the event or the ambassador program will set up an account dedicated to the event and sell the bracelets on your behalf. A minimum opening order of 10 bracelets is required (prices range from $145 to $185). Fifty dollars from each sale goes to the cause.
The F Cancer Embrace Life Ambassador program also welcomes other ideas in which the bracelets or the artwork can help in a cancer fundraising initiative.
Fiedler started selling the Fuck Cancer bracelets a year after she was diagnosed and successfully treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was given guidance from Inspire Health, which is how she came to select that non-profit as the beneficiary of the Fuck Cancer bracelet sales.
For more information about the ambassador program, contact Lisa Bain-Katz at Lisa@fcancerembracelife.com; PH: 604-873-0603
Dragon's Den entrepreneur and Royal Roads convocation
(note the F Cancer Embrace Life bracelet on his left wrist)
Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Gallery+Dragon+entrepreneur+Royal+Roads+convocation/3734235/story.html#ixzz14GapiZYT
A special Thank You goes to tattoo artist Jime Litwalk, Hart and Huntington Las Vegas and The Hard Rock Hotel for creating their own charity event: Rock the Ribbon. Held on October 29th, Rock the Ribbon offered the public an opportunity to have the F Cancer design tattooed free of charge. The event was inspired by our F Cancer friend and cancer survivor Tony di Giovanni who had the F Cancer artwork turned into beautiful body art on his 40th birthday (add link to video). Donations were accepted and proceeds passed onto Susan G. Komer for the Cure and F Cancer Embrace Life. Thanks to all who participated!
I have had a rebirth: Lisa Ray
Lisa Ray is truly inspirational in the way she has put up her brave side and conquered life-threatening cancer with a smile.
The actor is sporting a bangle on her right hand and it has two words engraved on it — f**k cancer. It certainly says a lot about her attitude towards the deadly virus. Talking about whether she got into depression when she learnt about her cancer scare, Lisa says, "Of course, I have had my ups and downs. I think I was in denial for a long time. Cancer and all this happened for a reason. I believe that. I could see my attitude towards life evolving through the process of my treatment. The support I got was also a key factor in me tiding over it. Metaphorically a lot of people held my hand. I have to also tell you that my sense of humour is my secret weapon. Life is simple if one can look at its lighter side. Hope is also a big thing that helped me."
Like Lisa, tennis icon Martina Navratilova recently beat cancer. She was suffering from breast cancer. Lisa is urging her to spread hope to other cancer patients across the world. "She is a remarkable woman with great achievements. I hope that she would also take the gift of life and keep spreading hope to others cancer patients.
She should go out there and kick ar*e and she should also take care for herself because I know she must have worked really hard to get where she is. What really happens is, and I can relate to it, is that your whole life goes by and you never actually end up living — spending time with your loved ones, stopping and smelling the roses and all those those things you love doing but you don't end up doing until you get a cancer scare," she says.
Lisa is also in the process of signing a couple of big international movies. "I'm only back. I had a rebirth and so I'm not rushing into anything. I think I got a message that everything happens in good time," she says with a smile.
Lisa adds that her priorities of life aren't just work related. "Right now, I just like spending time with the people I love. Every moment for me is a celebration of life. I'm very content and satisfied. Each moment is special to me," she adds.
BT had broken the story that Lisa was writing her first book and when questioned, the actor confirms, "Writing is a passion I have always had. In a strange way cancer was the trigger that took me back to my passion. It is a gift that I want to keep pursuing. I will also continue to blog. I got so much support on my blog during my cancer journey. I'm introvert by nature and so writing helps me opening my heart and mind and is an easier way to connect to people," she signs off.
Love Your Curves
If a polite pink ribbon doesn't sum up your sentiments, try the blunt but cheeky F Cancer bracelet (fcancerembracelife.com), engraved in sterling silver by Vancouver-based Soul Flower jewelry designer Susan Fiedler, a cancer survivior herself. Fifty dollars from the sale of each one is donated to InspireHealth, a nonprofit integrative cancer care centre in Vancouver.
F Cancer Embrace Life
It's hard to believe it's been almost two years since the first F Cancer bracelet was sold and fundraising for InspireHealth through F Cancer Embrace Life was launched. As founder, I want to celebrate our success with you and share the highlights of this time.
I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2007 and was treated with radiation. I was grateful for my recovery but feeling wiped out after treatment. That's when someone referred me to InspireHealth where I got practical information about nutrition, supplements and exercise. Following the guidance I received, I finally started to feel better.
One day, I was visiting my friend Ameen, and I noticed a beautiful metal cuff covered in Arabic script sitting on a shelf. He told me that it was a special bracelet from a mosque in India, and that the writing, from the Koran, was meant to protect the wearer. I loved this idea and decided I would make my own charmed bracelet. After all, I'm a jewelry designer; what better way to express what I'd been through?
Believe it or not, "Fuck Cancer" was the first protective phrase that came to mind. The strong language worked for me. Not because it was shocking or obscene, but because it was honest, sassy - and funny! "Fuck Cancer" said that cancer hadn't killed the rebellious, daring part of me. Once I had made the bracelet and showed it around, all my friends wanted one, including one of my doctor pals! Everyone loved the subtlety and elegance of the design combined with the raw emotion of the statement. People who'd lived with cancer "got it" immediately. It was what we all felt, but what no one wanted to say.
I realized I had found a great way to raise funds and express thanks -- F Cancer Embrace Life was born.
1000 Bracelets and 50,000 Dollars Later...
I am proud to say that since Oct 2008 we have sold over 1000 bracelets and raised more than $50,000 for InspireHealth.
To raise awareness of the cause and provide an outlet for people to buy bracelets, I created a website that has attracted thousands of visitors. I have also raised funds directly through donations for InspireHealth through our friends on Facebook where I have created an online community for sharing news and stories.
I've also had some amazing celebrity friends who have helped spread the word. Sarah McLachlan. The Barenaked Ladies. Michael Franti. W. Brett Wilson. There was even coverage at the 2009 Junos where Sarah and the Barenaked ladies did their thing on the red carpet, all sporting F Cancer bracelets! You can see the youtube video on the F Cancer Embrace Life website
Inspiration begets Inspiration
I still follow the guidance I learned through InspireHealth -- I am stronger and fitter than I have ever been in my adult life --I feel terrific!
I have also been incredibly inspired and moved by the stories that other cancer patients and their supporters have shared through the F Cancer Embrace Life website and our Facebook page. As a community we have shared our own stories on how cancer has affected us -- like the recent post from a Facebook friend whose wife bought him an F Cancer bracelet after he quit smoking -- his response to losing his sister to lung cancer. We also heard from Tony, in recovery from leukemia, who recently celebrated his fortieth birthday inLas Vegas, where he marked the occasion by getting an F Cancer tattoo.
These stories of love, hope and courage continue to inspire me to embrace my own life and I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have taken the time to share your stories and to all of you who have purchased bracelets and contributed to InspireHealth.
F Cancer Embrace Life!
ECO-BOUTIQUE FEATURE: F CANCER BRACELETS
April is Cancer Awareness Month in Canada. YYoga is proud to carry F Cancer bracelets, designed by local Vancouver designer, Susan Fiedler. Support integrated cancer care and purchase a F Cancer bracelet from your center's eco-boutique with $50 from each bracelet benefiting InspireHealth Integrated Cancer Care Centre.
BC Jeweler Creates Sterling “Fuck Cancer” Bracelet
The cheap plastic yellow LiveStrong bracelets by the Lance Armstrong Foundation have raised millions for the cause, but really, who is going to wear that on a daily basis, if at all? Of course the dollar cost is no biggie and a worthwhile, inexpensive purchase, but isn’t it better to have a piece of jewelry that you can proudly wear? Vancouver jewelry designer and cancer survivor Susan Fiedler of Soul Flower has been turning heads with her elegant sterling silver bracelet engraved with the words we all feel — “Fuck Cancer.”
“I did not make the bracelet as a marketable item. I made it for myself and then other people wanted it,” Fiedler tells Samaritanmag. “I realized that it could be this great conversation starter. A lot of people felt the same way I did. The strong sentiment does scare people, but a lot of people feel really strongly about it in a way that they might not about a pink ribbon. It’s bold and it’s personal.”
In a little over a year, the sale of 710 bracelets, to date, has raised $35,500 for Vancouver’s InspireHealth, an integrated cancer care clinic where Fiedler was treated.
Jewellry designer and cancer survivor Susan Fiedler
Cancer doesn’t run in Fiedler’s family, and she says there was no reason she should’ve got the potentially deadly disease. She took care of herself, ate healthily and stayed active, but cancer doesn’t discriminate. When, in October of 2007, at the age of 40, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cancer, it was like being hit by a ton of bricks.
"The type I [had] is not necessarily based on factors like smoking or getting too much sun, the things that lead to other types of cancers. The only thing that it’s tied to is possibly toxins in the environment and I wasn’t a farmer, exposed to pesticides and toxins. Just bad luck, basically," she explains.
"I was told that my initial diagnosis was most likely going to be stage 4 and that was most likely going to be incurable, chronic and probably fatal. I was totally shocked. When the test results came back three weeks later, it had come back as not as life threatening as the doctor had originally thought. I thought that once I recovered I wanted to show my gratitude for that and felt I had been given a real second chance."
Fiedler, who was born in Toronto and grew up in Vancouver, spent her summers as a teen working for her friend’s family jewelry business. She eventually took over the owner’s job, which involved buying goods overseas. At the age of 21, Fiedler founded her own sterling silver jewelry company Soul Flower, which has grown from two silversmiths to employing more than a hundred people to meet production and sales demands.
After she beat cancer, Fiedler was visiting the home of her friend Ameen Merchant, and noticed a beautiful metal cuff covered in Arabic script, whose words were meant to protect the wearer. She was immediately inspired to create her own charmed bracelet and "Fuck Cancer" sprang to mind. She launched the silver cuff bracelet, engraved with "Fuck Cancer," in October of 2008, and sells it worldwide through www.fcancerembracelife.com at a cost of $150 for large and $125 for small. Fifty dollars from each purchase goes to InspireHealth.
"It’s like a community centre for cancer patients, integrated cancer care free of charge to compliment the conventional care you’re getting," Fiedler explains. "For example, if you’re getting chemotherapy, you can get complimentary acupuncture, complimentary nutritional counseling and complimentary yoga therapy. There’s a whole bunch of different therapy you can access, and doctors that are actually doctors, who have a holistic inspired practice."
Among the Fuck Cancer bracelet customers are singer Sarah McLachlan, entrepreneur/Dragon’s Den panelist Brett Wilson and the band Barenaked Ladies. "They’re friends of mine and clients of Soul Flower," says Fiedler. "They have all been personally touched by cancer. They got it immediately because there’s a real rock 'n' roll element to the bracelet. So they were happy to lend their support. Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies lost his mother to cancer this [past] year."
Fuck Cancer bracelets are available online, in Vancouver store YYoga, and from InspireHealth. Fiedler plans to expand the line to stores in Ontario and is in talks of creating new items that are more affordable.
Fiedler says she’s really proud of the way the bracelets have touched and reached so many people with orders from the UK, Australia and U.S.
"People are starting to recognize that cancer patients need more than just conventional treatment. Where there’s a gap is between having your treatment and getting on with your life. There is a lot of unmet emotional and social needs of people who are cancer survivors or who are going through treatment," she says. "Basically, that’s what I'm trying to address, create more community for people who’ve been through this experience."
F Cancer: Susan's Story
I have been a jewelry designer and world traveler for most of my adult life. I’m accustomed to working hard and relying on myself: I’ve worked on a fishing boat, tended bar, lived in Bali and San Francisco, and taught myself to snowboard and ski. But in 2006, I found myself really struggling. I was seriously exhausted, spending more and more time in bed. I thought it was burnout. It never crossed my mind I had cancer. I’ve always been such a healthy, active person. And I was only 38!
The more I wore the bracelet, the more I felt “Fuck Cancer” was something that needed to be said. I also liked the idea of being part of something that I saw happening on the internet: not quite a community, but a shared attitude.
I knew a designer Fuck Cancer bracelet would be a terrific fundraising item for InspireHealth and a conversation starter. I wanted to create something strong and beautiful, to make myself and anyone who wears it feel that way and I wanted to support the place that helped me change my life.
F Cancer Embrace Life
Inscribed on an elegantly simple silver bangle, and resembling an EEG lifeline, is the defiantly positive message: F*ck Cancer. The work of Vancouver-based Susan Fiedler, who knows firsthand what it takes to face this disease, this charmed bracelet was an expression of her own experience, but she found many cancer survivors using the same motto, and was delighted to find it expressive of a shared attitude.
“I knew a designer F*uck Cancer bracelet would be terrific fundraising item and conversation starter. I wanted to create something that felt substantial; something strong and beautiful, to make myself and anyone who wears it feel that way.”
Susan’s company, Soul Flower, is marketing the bracelet to raise funds for InspireHealth, Canada’s foremost not-for-profit integrative cancer care centre. Fifty dollars from each sale for the F*ck Cancer bracelet is donated directly to InspireHealth.
You can help. Purchase a bracelet, spread the word, join the Facebook group, tell your story.
MY NEW F*CK CANCER BRACELET
Imagine for me please……..you are a young, dynamic, world travelling, independent, creative jewellery designer. Now, try to also imagine, that you have just been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, told that you are basically incurable.
What would you do?
Would you lay down and die? Or would you fight?
Would you follow every order your doctor gave you unquestioningly, or would you demand second opinions and seek alternative healing options?
What if you found a place that addressed every aspect of healing, a place where the people helped your soul as much as they helped your body? What if you found a place that helped you beat the odds and recover?
Do you think you would be inspired by that experience, to design a thing of beauty in order to share / show your support and appreciation towards the people who helped you to become a survivor rather than a statistic?
Susan Fiedler was inspired by her experience, and she was moved to take action. Susan (from Soul Flower, a socially conscious jewelry company ), designed a stunning sterling silver bracelet, and with it she speaks for anyone who’s life has been touched by the dreaded ‘C’ word, she speaks to anyone who feels like saying, Fuck Cancer.
I am not going to write much about this today, because the story about Susan Fiedler has been well documented already by people far more eloquent than I.
So instead, I ask you to please go visit the websites linked here, to read this story of healing, hope and survival. And because you care, because you are so stylish ( no rubber bracelets for you), I want to let you all know how you can get your own Fuck Cancer bracelet .
$50 of the sale of each F Cancer bracelet is donated directly to InspireHealth, Canada’s foremost not-for-profit integrative cancer care centre. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation in the mail. On behalf of the patients, staff and volunteers of InspireHealth, thank you!
With love………………. Rachael Chatoor:
(Rach is an admirer of Susan Fiedler and an ambassador for the F Cancer bracelet.)
ZOOMER REPORT - A HAPPY BIRTHDAY… AND THE GIFT OF MAKING WISHES
So, in the meantime, I’ll try to enjoy each day as much as I can - and take the advice that’s inscribe on a gift from my brother Moses, the founder of this magazine. It’s a handsome silver bracelet, and he wears one exactly like it in solidarity. The engraving looks like the squiggles on a medical monitor. But if you look closely, you can read the legend: F**k Cancer!
Jewellery designer Susan Fiedler gets right to the point with this eye-catching charm. As the review puts it, nothing against pink ribbons, but tough causes call for tough language. “The F Cancer bracelet is delicate but strong, subtle but forthright. Wearing one brings plain speech and a little charm-bracelet magic into a battle that’s worth our lives.”
THE C WORD
Sure, pink ribbons and yellow wristbands send a positive message, but here’s a bracelet that doesn’t mince words. Embracing the strong and courageous spirit of many cancer patients and survivors, these bracelets by Vancouver jewellery company Soul Flower are delicate in design but strong in their message. Engraved within an ECG-like lifeline are the fighting words “F–k Cancer”—a sassy, life-affirming message juxtaposed with the tasteful design of the simple silver bangle. Moreover, designer Susan Fiedler donates $50 from the sale of each bracelet to InspireHealth, the Vancouver integrative cancer care centre. Now that’s soul, sister! Available at YYoga (yyoga.ca ) and soulflower.com . —Erica Gehrke
THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT — NO, REALLY!
I know the "perfect gift" term seems somewhat overused and meaningless these days, but I really have found the perfect gift. Unlike my other cheap-o ideas, this one is a little pricier, but totally worth it because it supports a good cause and it might even put a smile on the face of someone affected by cancer (and we all have been in one way or another).
The "F Cancer" bracelet, designed by Susan Fielder for Vancouver’s Soul Flower Jewellery, is taking a new approach to the disease. Sarah McLaughlin and Michael Franti of Spearhead are among some of the celebs wearing this hot new accessory.
What’s the best part about buying this bracelet?
The best part is not just the message it sends but that a portion of sales will be donated to InspireHealth, a non-profit cancer care centre, and not just a tiny portion. Not $1 or $5 but $50! The bracelets range in price from $125 to $150 so it might be a little more than you planned on spending but it would not only be a gift to your friend or relative, it would be a gift to every past, present and future cancer patient.
It also seems to be getting excellent feedback from critics:
“Nothing against pink ribbons, but this bracelet tells it like it is. Big battles need big words; fighting cancer demands the courage, self-awareness and that secret source of power — a sense of humor,” says Ann Powers, Pop Critic for the LA Times.
I think this one tops my list of faves this year. What do you think? Is the statement too over the top, or is it empowering?
F CANCER BRACELET
Soul Flower has long been a favorite jewelry line of mine because, Susan Fiedler (the socially conscious designer behind the line) is committed to creating gorgeous jewels at affordable prices. From belly rings to finger baubles my jewelry box is full of Soul Flower.
In the vein of designing with soul, check out her F Cancer bracelet. No more of those horrible rubber wristbands - this sterling silver bracelet really makes a strong statement about kicking ass on cancer.
"Nothing against pink ribbons, but this bracelet tells it like it is." Ann Powers, Pop Critic, LA Times.
A portion of each sale of a Soul Flower F Cancer bracelet goes to fight cancer. And even celeb fans (both whom I adore) Sarah McLaughlin, and Michael Franti of Spearhead are F Cancer friends.
THE BUY: F CANCER BRACELET
We’re all familiar with the high-profile pink ribbon campaigns for breast cancer research that were everywhere last month. But this audacious silver bracelet designed by Susan Fiedler for Vancouver’s Soul Flower Jewellery says it like it really is.
Inscribed in flowing script on each band are the fighting words: “fuck cancer.”
As well, instead of the mere pennies contributed from the sale of pink post-it-notes and other gew gaws, a whopping $50 from the sale of each F Cancer bracelet (they’re $125 to $150 each) goes to InspireHealth, a national, not-for-profit cancer-care centre dedicated to battling the dreaded disease.
If they’re good enough for Sarah McLachlan and Michael Franti of Spearhead, they’re good enough for me.
At www.fcancerembracelife.com or by calling 1-877-SOUL-FLO.
— Rebecca Tay
Questions? Comments? E-mail email@example.com
It’s breast cancer awareness month, and cancer survivor Susan Fiedler has designed this bracelet, with a wonderfully forthright message, for Soul Flower jewellery. $120, with $50 going directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
To order call 604-873-0603; Soulflower.com