You never know when two very separate parts of your life will intersect unexpectedly.
In June, the fabulous folks at method shared with me that they’d be launching new hand soaps in October to promote breast cancer awareness.
I planned to write my usual type of sponsored post. I thought about how I could work boobs (or my lack thereof) into the post in a funny way. I toyed around with vlogging, a poem, a rap.
Three weeks later, my sister-in-law, Cindy, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
And as I grappled with the news, I thought about for how long we have been family, Cindy and I. Almost 30 years.
Suddenly, the post I planned didn’t feel like enough. It didn’t feel right to just say, “My sister-in-law has breast cancer and by the way, method is making a great breast cancer awareness soap.”
I went back to method. And I asked them if they would consider sponsoring a party in Cindy’s honor. I wanted to talk about breast cancer, and Cindy, and method, in a more intimate way.
I told them I wanted to invite ONEHOPE Wine to the party as well, because ONEHOPE donates 50% of their profits on every bottle of wine sold to partner charities like Susan G. Komen and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I’ve worked with ONEHOPE on many different projects, and they’re part of my blog family.
I told them I wanted to invite not only my blog friends, but my new neighbors, too, who have welcomed me into our neighborhood in a way that has surprised and delighted me. They are family.
It shouldn’t have surprised me that method was completely supportive of this idea.
Because they’re family, too. I’ve truly never been so privileged to work with not just an incredible brand, but with the real people who stand behind it, who make it the terrific company that it is, who recognized that while there is power in one blogger talking to thousands of readers, there’s also power in one woman talking to a handful of others, sharing wine and fellowship.
Last night, I hosted #PinkYourSink at my home.
Seventeen lovely women came together to support Cindy, to support the cause of breast cancer awareness and to learn more about what both method and ONEHOPE are doing for the causes they believe in. All of the different parts of my extended family intersected for one night.
I want to thank Sherryl, Shannon, Kelly, Carrie, Monique, Jen, Debbie, Natalie, Morgan, Stefanie, Theresa, Mary, Melanie, Nicole, Kate, Ginger and Maegan for their support, along with method, ONEHOPE Wine and everyone else who has kept Cindy in their prayers.
method will be offering their two limited-edition breast cancer awareness hand soaps for the next 5 months in many grocery stores. The available fragrances are Mimosa Sun and Botanical Garden. At the end of this month, method will also be donating $10,000 to 4 separate breast cancer charities that were nominated by method Facebook fans throughout the month of October.
disclosure: I am a method maven and I was compensated for this post. But as you can probably tell, it’s really not about the compensation. All opinions are my own. I love method and what they stand for, and that they allowed me to honor my sister in such a special way this month.