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a pretty penny

hope ambassador

founder, sara anderson

A Pretty Penny is a fashion & lifestyle blog. It started as a way to express my creativity for all things pretty and my love for fashion. I love sharing my hobbies through bright photos and am a firm believer that “being happy never goes out of style.

why i am part of this campaign?

My first encounter with cancer was when I was 5. My grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time my mom, sister and I were living with my grandparents, so I saw the toll it took on her physically and mentally. As she was going through treatment I remember her being very tired, losing lots of weight and having no energy. She started getting really sick towards the end. Treatments weren’t working and her body started to shut down. I remember being woken up in the middle of the night by flashing lights, sirens and lots of paramedics. My mom told me grandma was being taken to the hospital and that I shouldn’t be scared. I just remember being so confused and scared, because I wasn’t completely sure what was happening. She passed away shortly after at the hospital and it was pretty devastating for my family. I couldn’t understand what this ‘cancer’ was and why it had taken my grandma away.

My second encounter with cancer was earlier this year. My biological father was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I remember when he called to tell me the news. My heart sank. I didn’t think it was real. I was in denial for a long time, because he couldn’t have cancer, right? We haven’t always been super close, but it has been painful to see him go through this trial. He decided to try and fight the cancer to give him the best chance at a few more years. I saw him after a few weeks of treatment and it looked like he was withering away. It is heartbreaking to see the toll it has taken on his body. How tired he has become. So far treatment has gone well and they said he could have a couple more years, but it is only an estimate. As I have talked to him and kept up to date, my heart aches for him and the fact that he isn’t sure how long he has left. Raising awareness for cancer research is so important to me, and I am proud to be part of the Hope that Kneaders is bringing to the fight on cancer.