We are sisters. We are great friends. We are also a survivor and a cheerleader. Katie was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2011, but despite having excellent medical care and a wonderful network of friends and family, the experience was still completely overwhelming. Every step of the way, we kept asking ourselves: what can we do to make this journey different for future breast cancer patients and the people who care about them? The Licorice Project® is our answer.
- CONNECT — It’s essential to connect with others who have “been there, done that” and can help manage expectations. We believe being part of a social network helps people to make those connections more easily, communicate online, and facilitates offline meetings, too.
- SHARE — Why reinvent the wheel? We’ve done the legwork and we want to share our resources—whether the best websites, books, or local businesses. We know that many others also have ideas to share, too. Let’s pool our knowledge so that everyone in the community benefits.
- HELP — People want to help, but don’t know what to do. Others need help, but don’t always feel comfortable asking. We’re out to change the way that people feel about giving and receiving help by suggesting ideas and making the process easier.
While participating in our first breast cancer walk, we were touched by those who came out to cheer us on and give us treats—like licorice. That inspired us to begin our own family tradition of handing out licorice to walkers in Chicago as they passed through our neighborhood. This simple gesture made people feel happy and upbeat and brought a smile to their faces. Our hope is that The Licorice Project®, now a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, will improve the lives of everyone affected by breast cancer by connecting, sharing, and helping each other, and by spreading unexpected joy along the way.
Please join us at TLP,
Katie & Kendra