Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pink Sweater: The Journey Begins!

A fun tidbit about the Pink Sweater - it is an Albertina Roma creation, an illustrious Italian knitwear house that has garments included in the textile collection at the Museum of Modern Art!
If you read last week's post introducing the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pink Sweater, you already know how excited I am to be part of this project, and I hope you will come along for the ride as this vintage 1960s sweater travels from one philanthropic fashionista to another on its yearlong journey to raise money to help fund breast cancer support services in Central Indiana.

As detailed by my friend and collaborator, Crystal, in her recent post, every woman who receives the pink sweater selects the next woman to wear it and become part of the Sisterhood.  Each woman will style and wear the sweater in a way that is uniquely her own; share photos in her social networks; make and invite friends to make a donation to the Pink Ribbon Connectiona 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide information and resources to those touched by breast cancer in Central Indiana to assist in their personal journey…because no one should face breast cancer alone."

The sweater will travel in its own, cotton candy pink, vintage 1960s suitcase.  A journal will also accompany the sweater, so that each woman who wears it can record her thoughts about the project or their own breast cancer survival story; pay tribute to loved ones who have traveled their own path with breast cancer; or share a message with future "pink sweater sisters."  Crystal and I can’t wait to read the stories and meet all the women who will become part of the Sisterhood over the next year, and we're planning a big celebration for October 2014 when the sweater comes home!
You can track the sweater’s movement by following this hash tag on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest:#SisterhoodoftheTravelingPinkSweater. Crystal and I will also give regular updates on our blogs, so stay tuned, follow the cause and join the fun. 
As Crystal so aptly summed up in her blog, the sweater's journey "symbolizes the road so many women travel on their way to recovery. It also reflects the solidarity of everyone who cares for neighbors, friends, sisters, aunts, cousins, mothers, daughters, wives, and girlfriends affected by breast cancer."  I invite you to donate to the Pink Ribbon Connection. (It’s important to use the donation link because that’s how the organization tracks the money raised by Traveling Pink Sweater).  I've already made a contribution and hope to see it grow over the next year.  Please share this initiative with your friends and family and ask them to consider a donation, too. The Pink Ribbon Connection makes it easy to donate by accepting PayPal and credit cards. 
Whether you donate or not, you can help us by spreading the good word about the important work of the Pink Ribbon Connection - simply share this post with your friends and family! 

Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!

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