On September 8, 2014, Becca was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Dad, (that's me) is also a young adult cancer survivor. For those of you who know Becca, you know how brave and beautiful her soul is. From day one of her Leukemia Diagnosis, down to her very last few days of treatment (November 13, 2016), Becca has been on a mission. Her mission has always been to promote awareness and raise funds for Childhood Cancer Research. Becca is currently in remission and is determined to make a difference. Childhood Cancer is a cause that will forever be near and dear to our hearts.
One thing we quickly learned on Becca's cancer journey is that fundraising for a cause is HARD! Anyone who has ever run a fundraiser knows just how exhausing, frustrating and emotionally draining it can be. Over the last two years we have poured a lot of time and effort into raising funds for research, sometimes yielding very little reward. Any time Becca would try to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Research, she would end up disappointed. Her tender little heart just couldn't understand why money wasn't pouring in for her cause. As her Dad, I would often remind her that every dollar raised would make a difference.
Becca has always been a go big or go home kind of girl. With that said, she came up with the idea to start a company that gives back. The customer would "get" and the company would do the "giving". Becca's idea coupled with a lot of hard work and determination, turned into a company called Knots and Arrows. Becca's mom came up with the company name and the idea of selling bracelets. Becca and I have accomplished the rest and will be running Knots and Arrows together.
During Becca's fight with cancer, two inspirational quotes encouraged our family along the way. Somehow these two mantras collided and the company name, Knots and Arrows was born.
Knots - When you've reached the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Arrows - An arrow can only be shot by dragging it backwards. So when life seems to be dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's getting ready to launch you into something great.
Even the material chosen to make the bracelets has a special meaning. Each of K&A's unique bracelets are made from swimsuit material as a reminder to "just keep swimming". Thank you, Dory for the inspiration.
Want to follow our Knots and Arrows Journey? Love our bracelets and our mission? Great! Please don't be shy about sharing Knots and Arrows with your friends. The more people who know about Knots and Arrows, the larger our community will become! We are counting on the kindness of friends, family and complete strangers to help us spread the word. We can't do this without you! Help us out by sharing Knots and Arrows with your friends, by using the hashtag #knotsandarrowsbracelets
Together, we CAN put an end to Childhood Cancer....one bracelet at a time.
Becca and Dad