Right after this photo was taken of my Mom, her Deaf cousin, Helen and I, a woman came up to me and said, "you don't know me but can you keep a secret?" I wasn't sure where this was going and not sure what to say other than yes because I had a feeling no matter what I said, she had the need to tell me something.
After I said yes, she smiled. Not just any kind of smile but the kind I knew I was about to be told something amazing. She smiled even bigger and said, "earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and it didn't make sense to me since I am so young. Through out all my treatments, my wife and I wore the Pride Socks Livin the Dream shirt (the one all three of us are wearing in picture) and it served as a reminder that yes I am living the dream. It might not ever make sense as to why I got breast cancer so early in life but I am now 2 months out, alive and living the dream. The shirt was what kept my mind in focus to beating the cancer, and maintaining a positive outlook on life."
I was stunned at what she told me because it wasn't what I was expecting even though I had nothing in mind. I hugged her tight and thanked her for sharing her story. She left and disappeared into the crowd but I sat there in silence, even though the crowds around me were going nuts cheering on their favorite roller derby team, competing for the Cavello Cup.
Here is why- I designed that shirt in mind to serve as a reminder for people be proud of who they are, to live their best life and know they deserve it. I also wanted it to provoke thought and act as a catalyst for positive change for anyone reading the shirt passing by the individual wearing it. I didn't realize it would impact someone going through chemo and act as a force to overcome and beat a disease that isn't easily taken down. It's taken me days to let this sink in and I do not think the full impact has made complete sense to me yet. All I know at this given moment is, I am the proud owner of Pride Socks.