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04 Oct '16

Think Pink with VGB

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to visit our very special blog post for this month! Samantha Moatz, is not only a VGB team member, but also a dear friend. Sam at a very young age has battled and survived breast cancer.  Please read below, to learn more about Sam and why we have chosen The Cancer Caring Center.
(Written by Samantha Moatz)
October is here! My favorite time of the year. The weather breaks, boots and scarves come out, and Pittsburgh is transformed into a picture perfect definition of fall. Green fades into yellow, orange, red and browns, but my favorite fall color is PINK! 
My new love for Pink started six years ago when I was diagnosed with IDC breast cancer. I was 23 years old and had no family history. As you can imagine, it was a big shock to everyone. Doctor's told me I was too young, society told me I was too young, unfortunately there is no "too young" when it comes to cancer. 
I have been through so many medical procedures, I could write a book. Instead, I would love to focus on the good. For me, that was finding YACS (Young Adult Cancer Survivor) and it's remarkable leader, Stephanie Scoletti at The Cancer Caring Center here in Pittsburgh, PA. 
The YACS support group meets the first Wednesday of every month. They also have a monthly social gathering where young survivors can have fun and not think about cancer. 
In the most recent years, they have started a grant program where the YACS members receive a check that can be used for non-medical costs. For these, and many more reasons; The Cancer Caring Center has become my favorite non profit organization. Therefore, when Lauren, the owner of VGB, had asked me to design a bracelet for October and to pick somewhere for the proceeds to go, I didn't hesitate to mention YACS. 
October can be a tricky month for picking charities to donate to. As a breast cancer survivor, I can first hand tell you that all of the proceeds donated to YACS supports local cancer survivors right here in the 412! 
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post and I hope to see you in the store this month!