Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month I wanted to fill you in on an up-and-coming nonprofit. It’s called the Pink Pouch Project and it was launched by my friend Amber Marsh, and her husband JD, right here in Houston.
The mission of the Pink Pouch Project is to provide all mastectomy patients with a functional and comfortable drainage pouch. It is something most of us have never even thought about, but women who go through this process can have multiple drains at a time for several weeks. So having a small, soft pouch they can wear easily around their neck makes a huge difference. Not to mention that they are made with tons of love by local volunteers. It’s a mission that we should all get behind.
Before I dive into how you can help, here is a quick background on the Marsh family. Amber was diagnosed at age 34 with Stage 3 Breast Cancer and like most warriors we know, she is a force to be reckoned with. What makes Amber stand out is her positivity and constant sense of humor through a tough, life altering situation. Her focus has always been to “Beat The Hell Out of Cancer” and not take any of the beautiful blessings she has in life (aka her family and friends) for granted. I know that her story has inspired many individuals along the way and now her and JD have a chance to reach millions more with the Pink Pouch Project.
So what can you do to help? Supplies and monetary donations would be extremely beneficial as the Marsh’s get up and running. If you have any fabric (soft flannel is preferred but not essential), extra ribbon, large safety pins or Mardi Gras beads that you could send to Houston it would be amazing. No amount is too small and every swatch, dollar, and stitch matter- I promise you. Please use the following email address to receive specific shipping information for all donations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of today, Amber and JD are providing their first 270 pouches to Breast Cancer patients, and this is just the beginning. Let’s help bring some extra love and comfort to all those beautiful warriors.