When Patrycja talked to her health team at UM Hospital about finding a patient to give her wedding dress to, they told her about the Brides Project.
“As soon as I talked to Barb – I think I got more excited than she was! It’s just such a great idea,” she says. “Now, I’m trying to recruit people everywhere to give dresses – my friends, at work. I tell them, you may as well do something with it, this way, you get value and the new brides get value, too.”
Diagnosed with cancer in February of 2006, Patrycja really understands the importance of a group like the Cancer Community Support of Greater Ann Arbor, and what The Brides Project is doing.
“Ultimately, the people are great, I like the fact that 100% of profits go to support – it’s just pure. Everything goes to helping other people,” she says. “I was fortunate enough to be able to finish school, get a good job, and get a really great dress. And I just want somebody else to feel the way that I felt in it.”
Here’s a link to see how she hopes someone else feels in her dress: http://www.scottcampbellphoto.com/slideshow/palakmuch/patrycjachris
For Andrea Darden, becoming involved with The Brides Project just seemed like a natural fit.
“My father had gone through prostate cancer, and just after my wedding, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with lymphoma,” she said. “Donating my dress – it was a very emotional gift for me. The Brides Project let me give another bride a way to get a great dress, and have that purchase support cancer patients and their families. It’s such a unique opportunity – I wish I’d been able to buy a dress and have the proceeds go to charity when I got married.”
Andrea, who is also a member of the Board of the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor, has also been impressed with the people working on the project.
“Barb, Molly, Jyoti, just everybody. It’s been amazing how all these people all came together. And people have come out of the woodwork to help,” she says. “It just seems like it was meant to be.”