AUSTIN, Oct. 26 -- blue sky scrubs™ reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to the fight against cancer, which the Company supports through its Project Blue Sky program as well as an annual fundraiser to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Company is proud to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure® by donating 10% of all proceeds of their Passionately Pink fundraiser. Through the Pink fundraiser, the Company has raised more than $1500 over the last two years and hopes to continue to grow the numbers each year. This year, blue sky scrubs™ is also each offering a unique opportunity to enable their clients to support the cause: for every purchase, clients can decide if they would like to donate their free gift with purchase (a Pixie scrub hat®) to a cancer patient. So far, hundreds of women experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy treatments have been able to enjoy a beautiful hat to cover the loss of hair.
Commenting on the Company's commitment to the fight against cancer, David Marquardt, President and Owner of blue sky scrubs™, stated, "We are a company dedicated to inspiring and connecting with people in the medical field. People in medicine have a passion for caring for others and this is an extension of that giving. I am proud of how our associates and clients have embraced our commitment to caring for those facing tough medical challenges."
For every purchase online that used the code HOPE2010, clients received 20% off their entire purchase and the Company donated 10% of proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The fundraiser lasted for five days, from October 13th through October 18th, 2010. Almost 200 clients participated in the fundraiser. Ten percent of the purchase price of every item sold was donated directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
With every purchase, blue sky scrubs™ will send a free hat to a cancer patient or to the purchasing customer. People in medicine have a passion for caring for others and this is an extension of that giving. Project Blue Sky is our way of harnessing the power of our customers and extending that giving to those currently facing tough medical challenges. A big fear for cancer patients is losing all of their hair. Our blue sky scrub hats offer a way to cover hair loss with a cheerful and sophisticated look. Our hats are fun and they make people feel good. When patients receive our beautiful package, it makes them smile. Our mission is to make the millions of people who are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States happy and smile.
Why cancer patients?
Join blue sky scrubs and Project Blue Sky in our efforts to provide a small ray of light those striving to beat this disease. Our word is spreading. The best thing about this project is the people it attracts. Here is one of our favorite examples of a motivational story: "After undergoing chemotherapy at MD Anderson in Houston I finally got to wear a blue sky scrubs hat. I feel so much better now. This is a big ego booster. " With help from others, www.blueskyscrubs.com was launched. In a few short months, blue sky scrubs attracted customers from all 50 states and many countries from around the world by helping people with cancer smile. It's simple. Wearing blue sky scrubs™ represents something different. You are providing a smile for someone in need.
Shelby Marquardt, the creator of blue sky scrubs, LLC, was an anesthesiology resident at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas when she introduced the scrub hats that were blue sky's first product. As a medical student spending much of her time in the operating room, she was dismayed at the prospect of wearing unattractive, ill-fitting scrub hats for long hours every day. Worse, her long hair didn't fit under the regular scrub hats, and she couldn't bring herself to don the "bouffant," the hairnet-style hat that reigned supreme.
Many years ago the first Pony Scrub Hat® (U.S. Patent No. 7437777, D572879) was created in her living room, using scraps of fabric she had collected. After cutting, sewing and altering the hat numerous times, she finally perfected the pattern—a sleek, slim-fitting cap with a ribbon-tied pouch that neatly ties back a short or a long ponytail. Once she started wearing the hat to work, her co-workers clamored for their own Pony scrub hats, and she began spending her weekends sewing.
She also developed the Pixie Scrub Hat® (U.S. Patent No. D547030) for women with shorter hair, and then created the men's version. Finally, improving on an existing design, Shelby created scrub tops and bottoms that have come to be popular in hospitals around the world. blue sky scrubs™ popular uniforms are available through their online store, www.blueskyscrubs.com. They operate from their shipping and administrative facility in Austin, TX.
Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.
That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.