We are pleased to announce that we have once again partnered with The Pink Ribbon Shop Fund for Breast Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. For every Pink Ribbon King Cake sold in the month of October, Haydel’s will donate $5 to fund breast cancer research at MD Anderson.
This is our second year teaming up with The Pink Ribbon Shop. Founder Kim Hellmers is a New Orleans native who was originally diagnosed with stage II breast cancer at age 32 in 2000. She’s been living with stage IV cancer since 2006. Her diagnosis prompted her to think about the people around her and their own risk. In an effort to reach as many as possible, The Pink Ribbon Shop was born, continuing its mission today to promote breast cancer awareness and fund the cure one pink ribbon at a time.
Kim has documented her personal journey in her own blog. “From the mundane everyday to the ongoing cancer treatments, I chronicle it all in Ya Only Live Once … A Survivor’s Journey. I hope to reach others who are on their cancer journey with information, inspiration, encouragement, humor and maybe some I’ve been there.”
A resident of Texas now, I asked Kim to share what she misses most about New Orleans…
“Having grown up in the New Orleans area, and then moved away, I realize that there’s a lot that I took for granted! I heard people say how much they miss the food when they left, and both my husband and I didn’t understand it. We figured there are restaurants everywhere, right? Well now I can honestly say that WE MISS THE FOOD!
When we visit, once or twice a year, we eat. A lot! Seafood, po-boys, etc. My parents and sister, who live in Metairie, visit us here in Texas 2-3 times a year, and we ask them to bring us the Louisiana goods that we just can’t get here. If I could figure out how my parents could transport chocolate snowballs to Texas, I’d have them do that too!”
We may sometimes take for granted the character and flavor that surrounds us not just in New Orleans, but in Louisiana, and the entire south for that matter. Love on it, appreciate it, pay close attention to it while you’re here. Treat your health the same way. If you need some motivation, take a lesson from Kim and look at the people closest to you…take care of yourself for them.
Pink Ribbon King Cakes are available online for shipping and in-store purchase. Please call ahead to place in store orders for pick up. Applies to all Pink Ribbon King Cakes sold online and in-store between October 1st & October 31st.