All across the Independent Fashion Blogger Network, the word was out: bring your sewing skills to fight a common enemy- cancer. Fashion Fights Cancer was inviting the craftiest bloggers to show up at Industria Superstudio to create turbans, the kind of turbans that a fashion savvy cancer patient might wear to mask the hair loss caused by chemotherapy.
Once bloggers arrived at the studio, there was an open bar with wine and champagne donated by Chateau Ste Michelle, as well as a full sewing 'bar' with tape measures, scissors, thread, buttons, and rickrack trim. Professional seamstresses turned out plain turban forms so that each blogger could have the chance to embellish some headgear for charity and to publicize Fashion Fights Cancer, an organization founded by Ty Canty, after a wrongful cancer diagnosis. The wake-up call was enough to spur him to create an organization dedicated to use fashion to brighten the lives cancer victims and survivors.
On the FFC website these facts are laid out:
▪ Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.
▪ The survival rate for all cancers is 68%, up from 49%—reason for continued hope.
▪ Approximately 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013.
▪ In 2013, about 580,350 Americans are expected to die of cancer, more than 1,600 people a day.
▪ The most recent estimates of the overall costs of cancer are $226.8 billion ($103.8 billion for direct medical costs/$123 billion for indirect mortality costs (cost of lost productivity due to premature death).
While the bloggers mingles and created, taking time to instagram and tweet their creations, the basic message of the event was shared- creativity is a way to shed light on dark and difficult situations. This event was a fun way to remind people that cancer can hit anyone at anytime, but with grace and a little resourcefulness, you can come out the other side. With events like DIY Turban and projects like The Byron Lars Series (where the famed designer used his talent to create a scarf for FFC), we remember that fashion isn't just clothing- it's hope.
Fashion Fights Cancer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. You can become involved, donate, and contact them at www.fashionfightscancer.org.