In December 2011 our world was turned upside down when Eric was diagnosed with grade 4 glioblastoma brain cancer. As a healthy 29 year old male, who was a loving husband and father to an amazing little boy - the news of the words "CANCER" seemed so far from the truth.
Since the day that Eric was diagnosed, we knew there had to be a greater plan as to why Eric was dealt this hand and why he was chosen to battle such an unrelenting disease. Then, one day we had an idea; an idea on how to pay it forward. With our life's lemons we have designed a jewelry line and written a lighthearted rhyming children's book for families affected by cancer.
We are working on what's next... and hope that you'll continue following us to see all that Cancer Canknot do.
About the Book...
It all goes back to the first thought that crosses your mind when you are given such devastating news; your child. At the time of Eric's diagnosis we were the parents to a 3 year old boy and much of our time was spent reading children’s books to him. When you hear news as devastating as cancer you think; “How are we going to explain it? Maybe we don’t say anything?” We have written a lighthearted rhyming children’s book, Bear Hugging and Cancer Crushing, to help explain to a child what cancer means. Children’s books are amazing; they are often filled with life’s lessons – but told in a way that a child can understand. Children have many questions when they learn of a parent’s diagnosis, and everyone needs to find strength through what can be a trying time. Our son gave us strength in the best way he knew how, his bear hugs, which inspired this book. We hope if your family has to fight the battle of cancer, you find that one thing that gives you strength; just like our little Bryce’s bear hugs did for us. With so many people affected by cancer and many of those being parents, this book can benefit countless families – as it has our own.
About the Jewelry...
Our Cancer Canknot(R) Jewelry is custom designed to look like a cancer ribbon with a knot in the middle of the ribbon to symbolize strength and be a reminder of everything that Cancer Canknot(R) do. When we approached Perrywinkles Fine Jewelry in downtown Burlington, Vermont they were inspired by our story and immediately stood behind the idea. From there, our partnership was formed. We brought our design ideas to Perrywinkles and they were able to refine the jewelry pieces, so they were functional and most importantly...beautiful. Perrywinkles' exclusively produces and sells all of the jewelry pieces. We are very proud of our creation. Whether you are a survivor, a person battling cancer or a part of the support system for the person fighting the disease, you can wear this jewelry as an unspoken word to how you have been affected by cancer and what it canknot do.
About the Golf...
The Cancer Canknot Classic(R) was created in 2016 as one of the many ways we are working to help raise money and awareness to find a cure for an often overpowering disease.
The first event more than exceed our expectations with so many generous companies agreeing to sponsor and be part of the event. The response from the community was overwhelming. We also had 84 golfers sign up for the event... more than filling the 18 hole course. Between the players, sponsors and donations, we were able to raise just over $6,500 in our very first year. 100% of the proceeds were donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. They were very appreciative of the donation as were we to receive all them... thanks to all of you reading this.