Several years ago, a dear woman in my writer's group dropped a bombshell on us: she had breast cancer. I clearly remember the gasp of horror that rose from our close-knit group at her announcement.
Throughout the ensuing year, we followed Bonnie's struggles with great concern. One lovely woman made her a prayer shawl -- a hand-knit shawl that was only created while praying. Bonnie was so touched she was seldom seen without that shawl thereafter, particularly as the chemotherapy often made her chilly even on warm days.
Despite her cheerfulness and bravery, Bonnie passed away. We still miss her.
Since then, I've tried to do what I can to pass the word about women's cancer awareness, anything from doing a daily click on the Fight Breast Cancer site to making donations to making announcements about fundraisers for cancer research.
So when Brad Stieg, president of Tattler Reusable Canning Lids, contacted some people about a promotion the company is doing for women's cancer research, I immediately said I'd help pass the word.
Starting today, October 1, Tattler is selling special edition PINK reusable canning lids, and donating 35% of all sales revenue from these lids to the Munson Medical Center Women's Cancer Fund in Traverse City, Michigan.
Tattler put up a beautiful announcement here, with instructions on purchasing these special lids. Here is their press release: On October 1, 2013, Tattler Reusable Canning Lids will begin a month-long campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. We will be offering Special Edition TATTLER Reusable Canning Lids in the color PINK during the entire month. More importantly we will be donating 35% of the sales proceeds from the PINK lids to the Women's Cancer Fund which provides financial assistance for supportive care, to women battling cancer, when other means have been exhausted. We have researched and found this program to be very worthy and extremely beneficial to those who have sought support, and we encourage you to help us in our endeavor to help women battle this devastating disease.
There are very few people who have not been touched in some adverse way by breast cancer and other women's cancer issues. In the case of Brad Stieg, it was a cousin who benefited from this cancer fund and who now works as a volunteer advocate. I'm pleased to be able to support the fundraiser.
I plan to do a lot of canning in the next few weeks, and I'll be using these pink lids first of all. If nothing else, they'll be a lovely and colorful addition to my canning closet.
If you're planning on purchasing any Tattler lids (and I can't recommend them highly enough), please consider the pink edition and supporting a worthy cause.