I think I’m addicted to moms changing the world together.
Two months ago, my dear friends Chantel Adams and Ginny Starr launched their new company, Forever We, with a big fundraiser for Rally Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. We got to hear from the founder, Dean Crowe, a woman who had a friend who had a child with cancer. She asked her friend how she could help, and now she’s raising millions of dollars for research. This is Chantel and Ginny, holding Jewel:
Edwin McCain performed at the event. (Calling all Dawson’s Creek fans. Remember “I’llll beee your cryin’ shoulderrrr”????) He said something so profound that I had to write it down. “Children are naturally empathetic. They become the ambassadors of possibility.” Wow. The ambassadors of possibility. My friend Chantel noticed this in her daughter, this empathy for others, and that’s how Forever We got started. Dolls and books that cultivate the natural empathy in our kids. And her friend Ginny came on board and helped her realize this dream.
The first doll, Jewel, is a child undergoing chemotherapy. She comes with a port on her chest and removable hair, and her sweet book tells a story of friendship. It teaches healthy kids how to help their friends who are sick and it provides a comforting friend who looks like them to kids with childhood cancer.
A couple of mom friends made this happen. Also at the launch, we got to hear from Audrey, a twelve-year-old cancer survivor, and her mom, Tami, also a friend. They provided a window into their lives battling pediatric cancer.
These women are taking their circumstances and stories and coming together, and when moms come together, big things happen. When we combine our stories and gifts and get moving and praying in the same direction, we can find cures, raise millions, heal wounds, and combine all our little to make a big difference in the world.
It’s startling. And beautiful.
Forever We: Nurturing the opportunity to live together with meaning and purpose.
I asked Chantel to share with you a little bit about Forever We, and here’s what she had to say:
Our dolls and books represent the real issues kids are experiencing in the world today. We want kids to be emotionally AND physically healthy, and this little doll does both! At Forever We, we believe kids are naturally compassionate and want to help. With a Forever We doll, kids don’t just get to pretend to take care of others. They get to do it in real life!
We’re thrilled to introduce Jewel, our first “Doll for a Cause.” She represents the experience of children undergoing treatment for pediatric cancer. We’ve partnered with the Rally Foundation (www.rallyfoundation.org) to donate a portion of our proceeds to childhood cancer research. And for every doll sold, we’ll gift one to a child in need.
Each Forever We doll comes with a special storybook that includes a parent discussion guide, gown, port in its chest, pediatric cancer awareness ribbon, removable wig, and courage bead. Every doll is stitched together with love in the USA (Atlanta, GA). Little girls in hospitals around the country are saying, “She’s my best friend! And she’s just like me!” Share the enduring message of friendship with your own child by purchasing one today.
I am so excited for Chantel and Ginny, and all the kids receiving Jewel dolls this Christmas! This is just the beginning for this awesome new company. Stay tuned, because coming soon to Forever We: superhero dolls for girls and boys!
Right now, during our Slave-Free Christmas Challenge, Forever We is giving us free shipping (U.S. only) with the code FREESHIPFRENZY.
AAAAANNNNNND…Forever We is generously giving away a free doll, book, and necklace ($69.99 value!) to one Unexpected.org winner. (Contest ends Friday, November 14.)
Slave-Free Christmas Challenge:
This Christmas, I’ve challenged myself to shop my entire Christmas list from organizations that are helping people, not hurting people. Today, 27 million men, women, and children live as someone else’s property. Slaves are making the items that I’m buying to celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior. Somehow I don’t think He’s blessed by the blood on His birthday presents. For more information on my Slave-Free Christmas project, click here. For featured companies from the last two years, click here.
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