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         There are many C words that make your heart flutter like...couture, cashmere, or better yet closet! I have to admit that I am a big fan of most C words...especially coffee and cash!

However, in my early 30's I had completely forgotten there were other C words -- words that make your heart feel like it has stopped. Words like Cat Scan, cancer or chemo.

On November 4, 2010 at 6:30am I took Brian to what was supposed to be a colonoscopy to screen for celiacs disease. His symptoms were bloating and what appeared to be droplets of bright red blood thought to be associated with a hemorrhoid…by 1pm our lives were turned upside down. Doctors discovered a tumor the size of an orange obstructing his colon. An emergency CT scan indicated three lymph nodes were potential infected and he was most likely at a stage 3B. Brian had just turned 35.

What seemed to be the worst day of our lives turned out to be the biggest blessing we have ever received. We changed everything -- from the way we looked at food to the way we looked at life. Every day is now a blessing and an opportunity to do better and just go out there and live.

We are very lucky Brian’s story was one of triumph and recovery; but there are many young victims who have fallen to colon cancer whose lives may have been saved if they were enlightened by crucial information. At Solas, we are firm believers that “the light from within” can make a difference. Just as each of our handbags lights up, so can you help light up the world -- and save lives.

Now it is our passion and mission in life to create a dialogue of awareness about this cancer in young people. Colon cancer does not discriminate. It affects men and woman equally and while rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining, incidence rates in adults younger than 50 years have been increasing. Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of death among cancers in the US. Lung cancer is the first. If detected early, this cancer has a 90% chance of full recovery. However, alarming symptoms typically do not occur until the cancer has progressed.

We want to start a colossal conversation about the colon. It is our dream that someday the color Blue will be as vibrant as the color Pink in our sociological references to the palette of pathology. Where Pink represents the TITS in our cultural mindset of cancer, so should Blue represent the ASS.

As the first step in our “Don’t Just Sit On It” movement we will be running a “Blue Light-Up Special” -- all handbags will not only raise awareness for colon cancer but donations of $10.00 will be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance and help support all the work our friends there do to help put an end to this cancer.

It’s time to “Stand Up!” and “Light Up”!

Photography by Jacky Mitrius

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