Members of the scrapbooking community— including industry leader Melissa Frances and Scrapbooks etc. Contributing Editor Leslie Lightfoot—share their stories about how breast cancer has affected them and how you can make a difference.
-In its first year Scrapbooks ETC. scrap pink effort raised more than a 110 thousand dollars to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, but behind the final tally are the faces of the millions of people affected by breast cancer. To find out the real impact of scrap pink, we asked some members of the scrapbooking community to share their stories. Breast cancer has made a big impact on Scrapbooks ETC. contributing Leslie Lightfoot. Several women in her family have fought the disease, but seeing how these women coped helps Leslie confront her concerns about being at risk for developing breast cancer. -My mother's attitude about the disease has really changed the way I look at it. She's a very strong person. And she never let it affect her day to day life. Well, we have been talking a bit about what Scrapbooks ETC. is doing with this scrap pink events, and it gave me a little bit of the motivation I needed to finally do a page about my mom, and how breast cancer has affected her. It brought up a lot of emotions and maybe that's why it took me so long to do it. That's why I got into scrapbooking was to tell the stories that affect me, and sometimes those are the ones that I don't do, because they're hard to, you know, you want them to be just brave. I'm glad I did it. I just think as women it's our, you know, it's our responsibility to come together and this is a disease that affects us and our families. And the more we can support it and encourage protection and awareness of the disease, the better it's going to affect all our lives. -John and Patty [unk] scrapbook store in Dexter, Missouri hosted a scrap pink event that raised 3400 dollars. They had hosted similar fundraising crops before, but the scrap pink event was special. Earlier in the year, Johns mother had passed away after battling breast cancer for 5 years. -You really don't realize until someone you love happens to. You don't know how much they go through. -We just saw this as an opportunity to help, and promote awareness namely, to get some education to the hands of the women in our town. To me scrapbookers are a loving, caring group of people. Scrapbookers are really---- they're just a unique group. And to get them all together for a cause like that, it's a challenge that we're facing and hope to, you know, someday we won't even have to do these anymore. -For Melissa Francis, sponsoring scrap pink isn't just a business decision, it's personal. Melissa was diagnosed in 2007 with stage 3 breast cancer and was thankful after 8 months of treatment to be cancer free. Her hard fought battle motivated her to inspire and help others through her thankful line of products, the proceeds of which go to breast cancer charities. -I actually got an e-mail from the surgeons telling me that I have breast cancer, and I was flying home on January the 14th and my surgery was 11 o'clock on the 15th. So, to perfectly honest it happened so fast, I really didn't have time to grasp what I was facing. Even though I'm cancer free, it hovers over me and it will every day of my life and that's why I'm so thankful I'm here---- when I'm here. I mean, I look back to when my mother had breast cancer when I was 17, it was such a, you know, nobody knows and it's not---- now I have no fear to say I'm a D and a B. and I think it's great. And I think, you know, well women---- a woman is not about this. A woman is about this, it's another voice, another avenue to get the word out, I just think it's a miracle you guys have such a big voice. And that you can just kind of reach out with through all the stores and the manufacturers and bring everybody together. I just think it's absolutely wonderful. And I strongly wanted to be a part of it, It was just a natural thing. -Scrapbook product designer, Dana Maron, was 35 when she discovered a lump in her breast. All initial indications were that it was benign but a few days after her surgery she got a call from her surgeon. -And he called and said I'm sorry, it's cancer. And I thought; oh my gosh I'm going to die. I thought my life is over. I have moments---- I don't think you ever really get over it. It just seems like such a death sentence, and I didn't want anybody else to ever feel like that it was. I want to be that cheerleader for people. I don't want them to, you know, I always wanted to try to uplift people and give them hope and make them appreciate the moment. Creating the scrapbook pages is really a way for me to connect with the emotions that I feel in the moment. I want to remember them, because it makes me realize how lucky I am and how much I have. How every single day I'm gifted with, you know, another day of life. There's some---- a campaign like scrap pink, it's a perfect time for women or scrapbookers just to get together and celebrate the women in their lives. To raise money for a fabulous cause that affects so many people that leaves children without mommies, husbands without wives. It takes grandmas from us. And I just can't imagine not trying to support that in some way if I can. -Dini Van Winkle open [unk] scrapbooks and gifts in New Mexico, after her sister was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the age of 32. She wanted her sister to have something fun to focus on while going through treatment. -When you start talking to people you realize how many people are affected by breast cancer, but you're also the type that you never think it'll happen to you. And it was very sudden, she found a lump, and she went to the doctor, came back and she was at stage 4. And she immediately underwent surgery and has had 8 or 9 surgeries since. It just changed our relationship, I think even more because you really do not realize how life---- how short life is until something very dramatic happens. And at 32 years old when she was diagnosed, it makes you live life everyday to its fullest. I think that every store out there should get involved with it. I think that you have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing this. I think that the more people that we can speak to, the more people that we can educate and advocate breast cancer awareness; I think if people start talking about it, they realize how many men and women are affected by breast cancer.