This morning I had the absolute pleasure of listening to Jessica Ekstrom, founder of Headbands of Hope talk about her company and her impact.
Headbands of hope is a company that provides hope to children (mainly young girls) who have been diagnosed with childhood cancer. They sell headbands, as they’ve researched that when girls lose their hair during chemotherapy, they seem “less girly” and lose their sense of femininity.
What’s great is that for every headband bought (for yourself, nieces, family, friends etc.) one is donated to a cancer patient at a hospital (ANYWHERE! in the US and now globally) as well as $1 being donated to St. Baldrick’s Research for Childhood Cancer.
This morning was a special moment for me. I got to listen to a young woman who had a “spark” during her college career, and transformed it into something real beautiful and impactful. Not only does Headbands of Hope raise money for research, it boosts the confidence and self-esteem of young girls who are battling a nasty disease.
I had the chance to talk to Jess for a little while, and during her presentation I felt so touched and so inspired. I’ve lost a friend to childhood cancer and every day I think of her is bittersweet. Jess’s success and continued efforts make me have hope for future. During the Q&A session afterward, she said that she doesn’t want her company to exist in 10 years time. Because there would be a cure for cancer. But until then, she is doing this amazing work that touches hearts across the nation.
I cried a bit during her presentation, as Jess relayed some of her personal stories with being able to physically deliver the donated headbands in person to girls in the hospitals and it is just so sweet. I might have had a spark of my own today…