STUFF CANCER BEAR founder Cimberly Kolins Molbegat explains how she started the company, which is donating 25% of profits from sales to Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Hello everyone and thanks for taking the time to read more about how Stuff Cancer Bear came to be. I’ll start at the beginning…
When I was twenty-five years old, I was coming up on my one year wedding anniversary and finishing my second year of teaching. I was having chronic pelvic and lower back pain, but much to my dismay, none of my gynecologists could figure out why. Unfortunately, what I found out at the start of my summer was that I had a grapefruit size mass on my ovary, attached to my tube as well. I went in for emergency surgery, was sliced down the abdomen (leaving an upsetting scar), and I was diagnosed with a Borderline Ovarian Tumor. This was NOT a cyst. This was not a FIBROID. This was a tumor that while not full-blown cancer, had malignant properties with enough weight to be classified as a type of Ovarian Cancer. If you’re interested, you can read more about my journey here.
Shortly after I recovered and became pregnant (what a miracle, truly), my aunt was diagnosed with Leukemia… This is the part many of you know about. She was a fighter and so brave throughout her journey — you can read more about our special connection here.
During her battle with cancer, our entire family became VERY close with the organization that matched her with her donor – Gift of Life Marrow Registry. They saw her through her bone marrow transplants, honored her at their walks, empowered her to give back, and memorialized her after she passed. Her picture hangs proudly on their Florida office wall.
Stuff Cancer Bear is my tribute to her, my tribute to my grandfather who battled cancer as well, and a personal reminder of my inner strength to persevere. This bear is on a mission to raise money and awareness as well as spread a universal message of coming together to end cancer. I reached out to Gift of Life Marrow Registry and immediately received their support, as well as the gracious support of Pediatric Cancer Foundation (an organization we walked for many times in the past).
Together, it is our hope that the STUFF CANCER BEAR will spread smiles across the nation to those battling cancers, those that survived cancer, and those that have family members affected by cancer. 25% of the proceeds of each bear will go to the aforementioned charities and for every 5 bears sold, we will donate 1 to a child undergoing treatment (because that’s just horrible and those brave kids deserve every chance to be spoiled and to be smiling).
This is a FEEL GOOD PURCHASE WITH GOOD VIBES!!! If you are interested in purchasing a bear, please visit our website at teddybearmobile.com and choose Pediatric Cancer Bear.
I am forever grateful for my friends and family that held me up when I was undergoing surgery and recovery and I am eternally grateful to the friends that steadied me when I lost my aunt and continue to let me speak about her whenever I need to and for those beautiful people that held my hand when I suddenly lost my grandpa. You are the reason that I haven’t lost my mind and the reason why I am able to rally in the face of adversity and pay it forward with Stuff Cancer Bear.