I was recently asked to donate a custom monsterami to be auctioned off at a charity event called Pirate Booty for the Boobies (Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 8 p.m. at The Belmont in Austin, Texas). Of course I said yes right away. Breast cancer research is such an important cause, and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by cancer in some way. Immediately my mind was full of ideas: pink, eyepatch, pirate hat, etc. Cute, cute, cute!! I began to search for the perfect shade of pink yarn… not too light, not too fuschia, not too neon. Anyway, long story short, I made the cutest f-ing monsterami ever! The pirate hat was a bitch though. It easily could have come off looking clownishly large.

 

All in all, I was very proud of this monsterami!

 

I had such fun making this pink ribbon monster that I was inspired to make a G-monster with the pink ribbon design.  When it came time to name it, I began to recall a former co-worker at the bank I used to work for named Donna. Donna was diagnosed with cancer after working at the bank for about a year. It turned out that this wasn’t the first time she had received such a diagnosis. Donna had been in remission several times in the past. This last time, she thought she was cancer-free after having been in remission for 5 years. The word around the office was that the doctors told her she most likely wouldn’t make it to remission this time…

Donna’s supervisor promised her that she would have a job at the bank for as long as she could make it to work. After she began her cancer treatments, Donna’s hair began to fall out and become sparse. She cut it shorter and shorter, and then one day she showed up to work with a new wig. A cute bob with straight bangs. It actually looked better than her real hair. Haha  Donna’s wig seemed to have a mind of its own. Never having been one for looking in the mirror, Donna rarely noticed if her wig was on straight or not. One day I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I saw Donna and her wig was spun around sideways on her head. No one had the heart to tell her…I guess we all realized Donna had more important things to think about than her hair.

As the weeks and months went by, Donna began to tote around an oxygen tank. Her breathing was labored and she was worn out by the time she made it to her desk in the morning. She started missing days of work, then weeks. Her hospital visits turned into stays. Then one day, news came that Donna had lost the fight she had bravely fought for so long. That was a very sad day for all of us…

This flood of memories that washed over me was very powerful indeed. I decided to make a new product line called PINK monster by monsterami so that others could remember their friends and loved ones as I had remembered Donna. I came up with 4 designs that can be personalized with a name and a message and monsterami will donate 25% of the purchase price to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.