Charity by Design Announces Partnership with Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

Our relationship with Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Breast Cancer Resource Foundation came only a few months after we launched our first Charity by Design charm in May of 2011.

We were completely inspired by what the organization does in the community by creating a strong and supportive family amongst fighters, survivors and supporters. The organization strives to build a network that serves as a support group for all those affected by breast cancer by providing the necessary education and resources.

In October of 2011, we created an online exclusive set of three bangles called For Gloria, which included HOPE and Ribbon of Strength charms. Gloria Gemma taught her children and grandchildren about the value of sharing, the meaning of commitment and the importance of giving back. The For Gloria Set of 3 was created as a reminder to embrace these important life lessons that live on in honor of Gloria.

To revamp the partnership and to continue to raise awareness for breast cancer, we are launching a new charm for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Inspired by “The Starfish Story,” we created the Arms of Strength — a symbol of hope, resilience and support.

Our relationship with Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation grows every day and we are inspired from how many people are supported and celebrated through this amazing organization.

The Arms of Strength Bangle will be available in stores and on www.alexandani.com tomorrow, October 3rd. 20% of all sales from the bangle will benefit Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, a Rhode Island
non-profit that works to spread awareness, education, resources and hope in the fight against breast cancer.

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“The Starfish Story” by City Year adapted from “The Star Thrower” by Loren C. Eiseley

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”

The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.

Perseverance against great odds and against the criticism of others is the very hallmark of value-based idealism, as is refusing to accept failure. The understanding that we hold in our hands the power to change a life, a mind, or a circumstance today – right now – is a powerful insight and motivator. At the same time, idealistic acts, even highly symbolic ones, have the power to inspire others to act, and sometimes in numbers significant enough to make a major or even complete impact on the problem at hand. Perhaps most inspiring of all is to witness the idealistic power of children and young people in action. The idealism of youth is a powerful force for leading change in the world. Often it is our youth who put into action values that we have instilled in them – but have failed to act on ourselves. The world, therefore, depends on the idealism of youth to lead the way.