aspire to create fun, fashionable products while contributing
back to society.
My dear friend Melissa Stamper died at
the early age of 37, after a long hard struggle with ovarian cancer.
Melissa and I were as close as sisters for over 20 years. Anyone
that knew Melissa would say that she was a complete optimist, largely
in part to her wonderful supportive family. She faced many obstacles
in her short life and always seemed to take them on with a smile.
In 2007, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This was after
months of battling with doctors that insisted she only had a general
cyst. Melissa knew something was wrong and kept persisting that
the doctors further investigate. After almost a year, she finally
found a doctor that agreed to do a biopsy. It was determined that
the cyst was malignant. Melissa went through several surgeries,
chemo and radiation. All the efforts and treatment were not enough
to beat this terrible disease.
I want to dedicate Brass-n-Sassy to Melissa B. Stamper. Melissa
loved children and desperately wanted to be a mom. She was always
my cheerleader and rallied around every off the wall idea I had.
She, like myself loved color, patterns and clothes. A portion of
profits will be contributed to the Ovarian Cancer Society in her
name. Hopefully, together we can find a cure for this disease.