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As a 4-year Leukemia survivor, Stacey Mertes is heavily involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. Her 7-year-old son, Logan, is a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, but keeps Stacey on her toes with his own active fundraising endeavors such as the Columbia Tower climb (for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), WaMu stair climb (for Cystic Fibrosis), and several triathlons and other stair climbs around the city. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Stacey has lived in many of the local neighborhoods (including spending 11 years next to the Pike Place Market), since graduating from the University of Washington. She finally settled down in the most diverse zip code in the country, Columbia City, where she enjoys walks to the many restaurants, farmers market, and art events nearby. Her favorite hobby of late is finding the most fun “free” things to do around Seattle with her son. She loves movies, plays, visiting the Pacific Science Center and other museums, and finding those geocaching adventures.

Good Wishes Strength, Style, and Dignity 4th Annual Benefit And Auction In Seattle

Susie Craig, a Good Wishes scarf recipient as she battled breast cancer (photo credit: Good Wishes)

Susie Craig, a Good Wishes scarf recipient as she battled breast cancer (photo credit: Good Wishes)

The Good Wishes 4th annual Strength, Style and Dignity Benefit and Auction is coming this month and promises to be a very fun and entertaining event. Good Wishes, a non-profit portion of The Finest Accessories™ Inc, provides an It’s a Wrap© or Good Wishes square scarf to anyone experiencing the thinning or loss of hair as a result of illness or treatment at no cost. Each scarf is a gift of hope that carries with it the support and good wishes of people who care and represents the strength and dignity of those who wear it. All Good Wishes gifts are adorned with – SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS as a special symbol to honor the courage and spirit of the recipient.

When I went through 3 years of chemotherapy for Leukemia, I lost my hair the first month of chemo. The process is strange, shocking and slower than you think. Your hair does not fall out all at once…it takes a matter of days or weeks to slowly fall out until you are patchy and someone says, “it’s time,” and then you shave it. I totally thought I would wear a wig for the remainder of my bald days, but it turns out that the wig is quite hot and with hot flashes that I was getting, I knew wigs were not going to be my thing. So I switched to scarves – quick, simple and I could change the color and style to match my mood. I soon was getting many scarves from many friends and my stepmom. However, I quickly found that I had two favorite scarves that I wore most days. The scarf hanging down over my shoulder gave me confidence as if I had hair flowing down my back. Well, it was enough to get me through the completely bald look and face the world during that difficult time.

Good Wishes scarf with personal note signed by entire staff (photo credit: Good Wishes)

Good Wishes scarf with personal note signed by entire staff (photo credit: Good Wishes)

Laurie Erickson, CEO/President of The Finest Accessories, Inc., created a company of hair accessories including headbands, barrettes, and pony-tail holders among many other unique and creative accessories. But when Erickson was approached by a client, Hillary, several years ago who was undergoing chemotherapy and asked if she carried anything for balding women, an idea was born. With Erickson’s 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, she thought how simple it would be to create a scarf for Hillary in a beautiful fabric that would make her feel beautiful again. She sent Hillary a scarf at no charge. She then created Good Wishes, a non-profit portion of her company that allows clients to send in fabric of their favorite texture and design, and Good Wishes can create a unique hug for their head at no charge to the client and is sent with a personal note from the volunteer and Erickson sending them good wishes and love.

First auction item at the Good Wishes 3rd Annual Strength, Style, and Dignity Benefit and Auction (photo credit: Good Wishes)

First auction item at the Good Wishes 3rd Annual Strength, Style, and Dignity Benefit and Auction (photo credit: Good Wishes)

Good Wishes has reached an incredible milestone of more than 27,000 scarves sent. They have created a Wall of Hope in their office to commemorate the many who are struggling with hair thinning, illness, or treatment. Each recipient is represented by a plaquard bearing their name, city, date sent and scarf number. As they go about their daily tasks, they can look up and be reminded of individuals whose journey is hopefully made a bit more bearable through their program and they can take a moment to send them additional Good Wishes.

The Good Wishes 4th annual Strength, Style and Dignity Benefit and Auction is a benefit to help them continue in this mission of bringing hugs to heads for those that need it during difficult times. Come celebrate and bid on some great auction items such as an incredible African adventure for two, a two-night stay with golf at Semiahmoo Resort, two tickets to “So You Think You Can Dance”, and so many more items – there is something for everyone and at every price point.

WHEN: Saturday October 25, 2014

Silent Auction: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel 
411 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Ph. 206-621-1700

TICKETS: To purchase tickets to this event, go to the Registration page.

TO ORDER A SCARF FROM GOOD WISHES: If you want a scarf for yourself or for a friend or loved one, you can contact Good Wishes through their online request form, by phone 888-778-5998 or e-mail (info@goodwishesscarves.org). They then send a wrap or scarf in a fabric of your choosing directly to these women along with the support and Good Wishes of all of our staff. If someone does not have access to the internet, they are more than happy to talk with them about their style and color preferences and select something beautiful for them.

 

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