Strong women can help young girls become strong women. That’s the mission of skube.me, which we exercise in several ways. One is supporting organizations that embody this model. I’m pleased to announce that skube.me’s 2017 Strong Women partner is Pink Ribbon Girls, an organization that provides free, direct services to individuals battling breast and women’s reproductive cancers. Here’s how I was introduced to this great organization…
My younger sister Mindy is simply amazing. Finding incredible personal strength and compassion in the same person is unlikely but not impossible. I hope you have a friend or family member just like her.
I introduced Mindy to the sport of rowing a handful of years ago. She now competes at the Master’s level, most frequently landing on the medal podium. Many years ago she started working with my dad, eventually assuming the family business, which she took to the next level.
Imagine our shock when her abnormal mammogram led to more tests, which led to a diagnosis of breast cancer, which led to a bilateral mastectomy. She approached the last handful of months like she does everything – with a “what’s-in-my-control-and-what’s-not” attitude remaining positive and always looking forward (in every sense of the word) to what needs to be done next, all the while keeping good people close. The hardest part may have been learning to ask for help and then accepting it, but I think she’s finally got the hang of that!
So here she is, my Strong Women nod for November. Mindy’s been a great assistant and collaborator as I was starting my company. Last month when I picked her up for her doc appointment she was all skubed up and looking fab, having found a use for her skube that I pray you will never need. She folded her skube in half around her waist to hold the 4 drains still in place after surgery. Amazing attitude and style!
On behalf of Mindy and the many other women and their families affected by breast cancer, much more info to come in 2017.
Enjoy this beautiful day…
PS – one day I’ll tell you the story behind the term of endearment “my seester 🙂