WHO WE ARE... WHAT WE'RE ABOUT.
Suck It, Cancer. It's not just a catchy phrase. It's an attitude, it's a lifestyle, and unfortunately, one that all too many of us are living. But you know what they say about life and lemons... here at SIC, however, we don't make lemonade, we make clothing. And donations. To save lives.
This collection was designed to bring new life to those fighting the battle and to all their friends/ family who support their fight. Moreover, with every purchase from the Suck It, Cancer line, we make a sizable donation to our non-profit partners that are helping to fund the fight against breast cancer. (Check out our Partners page to learn more about the different organizations we work with.) This means every time you buy one of our great items on our website, in a store or at an event, your hard earned money not only gets you some pretty cool gear, it also helps fund the fight against cancer.
Maybe you're fighting the battle yourself, or perhaps someone you love has been or is currently dealing with it so you're fighting in their honor. In either case, all warriors must be dressed for combat, and this fight is nothing to take lightly. If a sweet, innocent pink ribbon tee is what you seek, well you might need to just keep on a seekin'. We're loud, we're proud, and we're here to tell cancer that we will not be beat, we will not be ruined, and we will not negotiate with terrorists... WE WILL FIGHT. We will also do our best to LAUGH! They say attitude is half the battle... so attitude is what we've got. We at SIC are here to do what we know best- make great products that not only bring a smile to your face, but also raise money to aid in the efforts to find that cure.
Our wish: that someday sooner than later, there will be no need for our products because the cure has been found and cancer will be nothing but a distant memory in our rearview mirrors.
Until then, we fight.
In 2014, our founder and (not always so fearless) leader, Lisa, was living a happy, healthy life with those she loved when out of nowhere, it happened. Breast Cancer. Invasive ductal carcinoma. At just 37 years old with no family history, she, like so many women around the world, didn't see this one coming. Shock, confusion and fear were quickly upon her and as the seemingly endless barrage of doctor appointments/ tests/ results passed, the news worsened. Lisa was left with little choice but to go for the full monty, the big one, the Double Mastectomy.
So they made the decision, said a few prayers and the surgical team suited up to cut off her terrorized lady parts. By taking the aggressive route and going with the radical surgery, they hoped to get that pesky cancer out once for good. Unfortunately, a week later they learned the cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes, confirming Lisa's and her loved ones' fears that the battle had only begun. There was frustration, tears and disappointment, but more than anything there was the urge to scream again and again, "HEY CANCER, WHY DON'T YOU JUST SUCK IT!"
And so, it began. Suck It, Cancer started as a few t-shirts for Lisa's family and friends... a rather sassy group, we might add, who rallied in support of Lisa and her battle. And then the word began to spread. Pictures made their way to Facebook and people started asking, "Where can I get one of those shirts?" Lisa quickly determined that the best way she could make lemonade with all these lemons was to do what she knew best- make clothing- and more importantly, set up a program that donates money from every purchase to non-profit cancer organizations. And Suck It, Cancer was born.
"Living with cancer can definitely be a roller coaster ride... and not the fun kind. There are ups and downs, good days and bad, but I try to remain positive. Of course, some days are harder than others but I think that's to be expected because, well, cancer sucks and beating it is not easy. But I try to keep a smile, to find humor wherever possible, and I try to envision the victory every day. And I make clothing because it's what I do, & more importantly these days, it's the thing that makes me feel the most like MYSELF again... that's not always easy during this journey. I think we have to find our own ways to play our individual roles in this giant war; Suck It, Cancer helps me feel like maybe I can make at least a small difference."
-Lisa Vanbeek, founder of Suck It, Cancer and empowered warrior against breast cancer (*Lisa is currently in remission, and incredibly thankful for each day of it.)