At Fashion Project we are lucky to connect with charities and individuals who want to find their footing in impacting the world. Everyone has a story and we believe in the power of sharing and inspiring others. Rachel Ernst shares her Fashion Project, the American Cancer Society, and why she has chosen to repurpose her closet to this cause. #What’sYourProject
“My name is Rachel and I would like to donate these items for the money to go to the American Cancer Society in memory of my mom, Anne Rothfarb.
My mom was one of the most selfless people I know. She spent most of her life raising me and my brothers, making sure we had the food, clothes, help with our homework, and fun we needed to grow. We didn’t have much money growing up but my mom always came up with creative ways to keep us busy and enjoying our childhood. Our car was so small and basic that it didn’t have a radio in it. So, she would pretend to turn on a radio in the car, and sing different songs as she pretended to change the channels. There was never an end to her resourcefulness.
In October, 2004 my mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While packing her California condo to move to Boston to live near me, she suffered a seizure and was found by one of the workmen in her condo complex. After several days of tests, it was determined that she had glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and aggressive malignant brain tumor. It has one of the worst prognosis and is found in only 2-3 people per 100,000 people. Needless to say, this was crushing news for me and my brothers for such an amazing mother who wanted nothing more than to live a full life helping others.
My mom passed away at the age of 52 on June 2, 2005 less than eight months later after battling the tumor with radiation and chemotherapy. I remember her selflessness never diminished throughout her sickness. Every time we took her out for lunch, she would want to buy something for me and my brothers “Guys, you should get something for yourselves…I want to buy you something”. I live my life every day thinking about her and how I can make her proud using everything she taught me.
I hope that the money collected through this donation will go toward cancer research to ultimately help save the lives of family members like mine, and help them live the lives they deserve.”
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