According to the Susan G Komen Foundation, in 2021, there are about 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women along with around 49,290 new cases of ductal carcinoma in situ. Unfortunately, 43,600 women will pass away as a result of this disease. According to the most recent data available, breast cancer deaths are approximately 40% higher for African American women in the U.S. than Caucasian women. And African American women are often diagnosed with late-stage cancer when treatments are costly and with poor outcomes.
In the past few years, breast cancer has become a rather large reality for my family. After a long, difficult period, my aunt succumbed to breast cancer in 2015 and unfortunately both my best friend and my youngest sister have endured the painful journey of a breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, treatment and emotional recovery.
As a nephew, brother and a friend, I witnessed their anguish and healing process. However, as a designer, I felt compelled to use my platform to bring attention and awareness to this disease.
October is breast cancer awareness month and in recognition of it, I am releasing "The Pink Collection", a limited edition of pink inspired scarves. 50% of the sales of this collection will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to continue the fight against breast cancer.
I am excited and humbled to do my part to help bring awareness to this disease.