My husband, Scott, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2005. Immediately, we started reading everything we could on this disease, researched every drug and treatment available and over and over we came to the same conclusion... more needed to be done if there was ever going to be a CURE! I had been very active fundraising for numerous causes over the years, so I felt confident in my abilities, but with his treatment starting, I needed to be by his side and not busy with committees and fundraising.
Scott and I became active in a local cancer support organization where I started a jewelry class for members. The classes were just as therapeutic for me as they were for everyone taking that class. I became very aware that the color pink was everywhere promoting Breast Cancer Awareness, so I Googled "cancer colors" and found that most cancers were associated with a particular color. Burgundy was "our" color. I was unable to find any multiple myeloma jewelry, except for the rubber wrist bands sold by the IMF, and I ordered dozens. Back in my jewelry class, I started designing bracelets for each member to make for their specific cancer and soon found my calling, making Cancer Awareness bracelets with a focus on multiple myeloma.
The story of The Honeybeaders Prayer Bracelet has a simple beginning: I began making prayer bracelets in 20 different Cancer Awareness colors to give to family and friends, sell at craft fairs and to supply small gift shops in the area. Early on I had difficulty locating burgundy colored glass beads, however, garnets (having always been my favorite stone), were readily available. To this day, I still use the highest quality genuine garnet beads I can find in each Cancer Awareness bracelet. This is one of the extra touches that helps fulfill my wish for multiple myeloma's CURE. My goal was, and always has been, to directly fund multiple myeloma research and local cancer support projects.
Seven years later, we are now supporting the IMF! We have grown since those early days with more burgundy bracelet designs but always the same goal: Awareness, Hope and Prayers for a CURE! Gone are those 19 other Cancer Awareness bracelets. Now we are entirely dedicated to the IMF and "our" burgundy Multiple Myeloma Awareness project. We are Beading for the Cure! All of our Cancer Awareness bracelets are handcrafted with the HOPE that soon, this disease will have successful, long term treatment leading to a Complete Remission (CR) for EVERY patient with multiple myeloma. Each bracelet and those who wear them are touched by our thoughts and prayers. We are 100% volunteer, every bead, every charm, every minute spent is donated to the IMF. We are committed to reaching the goal of discovering the CURE!
May laughter, joy and peace be with you!