To acknowledge Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Everfan is partnering with the Desi Strong Foundation. The Desi Strong Foundation shines a light on pediatric cancer through awareness, patient and family support, and funds raised for a cure. In addition, they provide children going through cancer treatment with a "Desi Strong doll" to use as a therapeutic tool. Please join us in helping them.
For every $25 spent on our website this month, we will donate 1 mini cape for a Desi doll.
Desirae “Desi” Cechin was born on June 5, 2009. Desi was a little girl with a big personality, bright blue eyes and a smile that could light up the darkest room. Desi loved life. She loved singing, dancing, getting manicures, putting on makeup and camping. But most of all she loved her family. At just 4 years old, Desi was diagnosed with Stage IV High-Risk Neuroblastoma cancer, an extremely aggressive cancer that required intensive, painful treatments. As Desi’s family shared her story through social media, Desi’s story touched everyone in their community and encouragement was felt from all over the country. They posted photos and videos showing Desi facing cancer and still dancing and smiling through it all. On March 16, 2016, Desi lost her long, hard-fought battle to cancer. Desi’s family started the Desi Strong Foundation and are committed to honoring Desi's legacy, and all that she stood for, and most importantly, how she changed and inspired people’s lives. Read more about Desi's story...
While Desi was fighting cancer she would treat her dolls like her patients, they too had cancer. She would give them IV’s, ports and check their vitals; caring for them as if she was their doctor.
The doll reflects children that are fighting cancer by being bald and having the ability to be cared for with a port and IV. This likeness helps children to understand the treatments and helps them feel like the doll has also experienced what they are going through. This connection was invaluable for Desi as a therapeutic tool. Part of the mission of the Desi Strong Foundation is to provide dolls to as many children fighting cancer as possible.
Through creative partnerships with organizations such as the Desi Strong Foundation, Everfan hopes to have a positive impact on people who may need their spirits boosted. We have partnered with numerous non-profits to raise awareness and support and will continue to seek additional opportunities to do so.
If you‘re looking for some fun GOLD accessories for Child Cancer Awareness Month, we would love to help!
For more information about the Desi Strong Foundation, please visit Desi Strong Foundation.
To purchase or sponsor a Desi Strong doll, click here.