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I have enjoyed experimenting with beads and creating jewelry with them for as long as I can remember. I always liked to have jewelry that matched whatever I was wearing. Between my career as an early childhood administrator running busy preschools, my commitment to my role of Mom, and my tendency to be a perpetual graduate student, beading seemed to always get pushed to the back burner. When my daughter became an elementary school teacher, I began to extend my creative jewelry making juices to designing lanyards for her to use for her ID badge and school keys.

It was not, however, until January 2011 when my daughter’s best friend Abby, also a teacher, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) that I began to reevaluate my priorities in life. Within a few weeks after her diagnosis, I left my career of over 25 years, decided to convert my beading passion into a business both giving me the pe…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 9
  • Joined January 21, 2012

Favorite materials

lampwork glass beads, Swarovski crystals, gemstones, polymer clay beads

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I have enjoyed experimenting with beads and creating jewelry with them for as long as I can remember. I always liked to have jewelry that matched whatever I was wearing. Between my career as an early childhood administrator running busy preschools, my commitment to my role of Mom, and my tendency to be a perpetual graduate student, beading seemed to always get pushed to the back burner. When my daughter became an elementary school teacher, I began to extend my creative jewelry making juices to designing lanyards for her to use for her ID badge and school keys.

It was not, however, until January 2011 when my daughter’s best friend Abby, also a teacher, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) that I began to reevaluate my priorities in life. Within a few weeks after her diagnosis, I left my career of over 25 years, decided to convert my beading passion into a business both giving me the permission to spend time doing what I have loved for years, as well as the time to devote to the people and causes that were most important to me.

During my second 3-week trip to Massachusetts to help Abby, who was a single mother of a spirited four-year old girl, and her family deal with her sudden debilitating illness; everything seemed to fall into place. Having spent numerous days keeping Abby company in her room at Mass General Hospital both before and after her bone marrow transplant, I decided that I wanted to support those fighting leukemia and other blood cancers in whatever way I could. Since I love to create beaded jewelry and the two groups of people most prominent in Abby’s life are those in the teaching and medical professions, both of whom generally need to wear ID badges, I realized what I needed to do. I decided to make and sell beaded lanyards and similar jewelry and donate a portion of the sales to help fight leukemia.

When I was leaving Massachusetts to return home and Abby referred to me as an angel for helping her the way I had, everything fell into place. It was at that moment that the idea for Angels4Abby was born. I knew that I would open an online shop by that name in which I would sell beaded ID lanyards and other related beaded jewelry and accessories. Since leukemia is not the only important in need of increased public awareness and support, I decided that while I would make lanyards in a variety of styles to accommodate a wide range of individual taste, my primary focus would be awareness lanyards and jewelry enabling people to show support for their chosen cause in a beautiful yet practical way. When my daughter Ali heard my plan, she decided that while she works fulltime so her time is more limited, she wants to help me in any way that she can to help Abby and the debilitating disease that she continues to fight on a daily basis.

I am excited at the prospect of being able to spend more time doing what I love best—caring for my loved ones AND using my creativity to make beaded jewelry, while simultaneously helping to support a cause that is near and dear to my heart. In keeping with that mission, 15% of the proceeds from all of 2Angels4Abby’s sales will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to help fund lifesaving research and provide information and support to patients throughout their cancer journey.

Thank you for taking the time to browse through the various items in my shop and especially for reading my bio and the story of how and why 2Angels4Abby was born.

Warmly,
Laurie

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