Here at Sticky Toffee, we like to think that we’re just regular people doing our jobs, and hopefully making your life a little easier. We do enjoy what we do but it doesn’t define everything there is about us. We also have families and lives outside of work, with passions and hobbies, too. And we also have things that worry us about the world.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This is a subject that hits close to home for me. About four years ago, a fraternity brother of mine was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. At the time we were all about 40 years old, and he had a young daughter and a wife who loved him very much. The news hit like a ton of bricks to all of us formerly invincible guys. There was little hope for a cure, really only buying time. He later told me he had ignored warning signs a few years prior, and missed the chance to catch the disease with enough time to fight it off. He thought he was too busy at the time to worry about something that seemed like a remote possibility.
My friend made it almost four years, but he passed away last year after a heroic fight. He lived his life to the fullest and taught us all a lot about living, and dying. In early May, before he got really sick, he and I had a hunting trip planned. It was going to be the first time we had hunted together and he was going to show me how to hunt for turkeys, which was one of his life’s passions. The week before the trip, he called to make sure I was still coming. I had no idea why I wouldn’t be coming. Mind you, he was pretty bad about telling us when things were “going on”. I was caught completely off guard when he told me he’d had a complication from his treatments and was calling me from the hospital. Of course, I told him we didn’t need to go, but his attitude was “I’m not going to lay around and wait to die. We’re going hunting.” And so we did, and we had a great trip talking about what he was going through, his fears for his family after he was gone, and his hopes for the rest of his time on earth. We also hunted a little bit, but what I took away from that trip was the way he selflessly kept helping others even when he needed help the most.
1% of all sales from our dark blue items will be donated to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
Shortly after our trip, Cole called me with the news we had feared was coming. His cancer had stopped responding to the treatments and doctors had given him just a few months to live. He passed away in September. March 4 would have been his 46th birthday. In honor of my friend Cole, Sticky Toffee will be making a donation to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. We will donate 1% of all sales from our Sticky Toffee Dark Blue 9 piece Kitchen Sets, 4 piece Terry Kitchen Towel Sets, and 8 piece Terry Dish Clothsets from March 1 to March 31. Watch this space and we’ll let you know how much is raised and donated.