A Pearl to Bridget

We have been deeply honored to be a part of the “A Pearl to Bridget” project, a grassroots project started by Malinda Humes and Alisen Dupré, to honor a courageous breast cancer advocate Bridget Spence. Her story of fighting Metastatic Breast Cancer beginning at age 21 has inspired thousands of people around the world. She recently posted her last blog post, asking her friends and fellow advocates for one last favor.

It is time for me to ask each of you to let me go. It is time to say goodbye.

Over these past six weeks, my ability to breathe has been compromised. Every breath is a struggle. I cough all night and most days. I am exhausted. My mother and brothers have flown in to help.  I’d like to stop working and go enjoy a nice cold drink with my husband on a beach somewhere. I want some time alone with him. Time without doctors appointments and scans, without work, just the two of us. No PI3K pathways. No trials. No hospitals. Just Bridget and her Big Man.

Over the past three weeks, more than 500 friends of Bridget have ordered single pearls for Bridget, which we have turned into finished jewelry for Bridget and her family. Each singular pearl represents a person touched by Bridget, her important message and her courageous story. Half of every order and all shipping fees were donated to the Susan G Komen foundation in Bridget’s name. The donation in Bridget’s name is $5,122.

Comments

  1. The collection that was produced is truly awe-inspiring. It is so wonderful to know that there are companies such as yours that is knee deep in giving back to the community. You took our idea and helped turn it into something truly magnificent… Something that reflects Bridget her message. Each pearl lovingly strung together, side by side… All different shapes, colors sizes and from different bodies of water around the globe. Much like the 3 Day community with backgrounds each unique to that person sending in their pearl. Your artistic vision, quality product and support both from the heart and the checkbook… Has truly made us stand back, jaws dropped and hearts overflowing. I am so humbled to sit back and look at each beautiful piece and know that Bridget touched so many lives and that you and your company helped put that into some thing that will be passed down from generation to generation… With a story to go with it. And THAT is Bridget’s legacy…she will never be forgotten. Thank you Mia, Jeremy and Angela.. And all the others on your staff who helped make this project truly special.

  2. I was honored to be a part of this beautiful collection….whose beauty can also be closely compared to both the inner and outward beauty of our beloved Bridget. She has inspired me as well as so many others. The world surely has been a better place without her….and those who remain when she goes to be with her maker will continue to make it a better place as the ‘pay it forward’ legacy she will leave behind. I so love this 3-Day family that has become such a big part of my life. One day breast cancer will be thing of the past. It will take much more work, many more dollars and I may have met my maker as well by then…………………….but Bridget, Malinda, Alison, myself and SO SO many others…will have made that possible…together as a family. WE love you Bridget…thank you Pearl Paradise—BRAVO!

  3. Thank you for the amazing job you did.
    Bridget is truly an outstanding person and these pearls shine like the beauty that she is.
    I wish her and her family peace at this difficult time. She truly touched so many and will never be forgotten.

  4. Karin Kane says:

    What your company has put together, is simply breath-taking. I am so honored to have been part of this presentation, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your dedication and beautiful work. Not many companies would have jumped into a project such as ours, but you did and you went above and beyond. Thank you for capturing our many hearts and placing them into works of absolute beauty, just like our dear Bridget. Her legacy will truly live on for so many years. Thank you Pearl Paradise.

  5. I was honored to be a part of this beautiful collection….whose beauty can also be closely compared to both the inner and outward beauty of our beloved Bridget. She has inspired me as well as so many others. The world surely has been a better place with her in it….and those who remain when she goes to be with her maker will continue to make it a better place as the ‘pay it forward’ legacy she will leave behind. I so love this 3-Day family that has become such a big part of my life. One day breast cancer will be thing of the past. It will take much more work, many more dollars and I may have met my maker as well by then…………………….but Bridget, Malinda, Alison, myself and SO SO many others…will have made that possible…together as a family. WE love you Bridget…thank you Pearl Paradise—BRAVO!

  6. Wow! Just . . . WOW!!! Pearl Paradise, what an AMAZING thing you have done in honor of our friend Bridget. I will not soon forget the effort you put forth and the generosity you have shown through this project–you have my business for life! Bridget, you WILL live on in our hearts and memories forever!

  7. This is simply amazing. Bridget is an amazing young lady and I will never forget her.

  8. I am honored that I too had a small part is this amazing showing of love and support. It breaks my heart that Bridget has to say goodbye, but seeing how many people she has touched that are fighting forward to find a cure to end this terrible terrible disease. Pearl Paradise, THANK YOU for your part in this.

    • What a truly amazing tribute to a truly amazing young lady. Bridget….will never be forgotten and her care and concern for others is quite evident in the number of lives she’s touched. Well done Pearl Paradise.

  9. Michelle Misner says:

    I am deeply honored to be a part of this. It’s an amazing tribute to Bridget and shows just how many lives she touched. I have never personally met Bridget; however, I lost my 29 year old sister to breast cancer in 2008 and I know how much this would have amazed me then. Thank you Pearl Paradise for your part in helping this family deal with what they’re going through.

  10. I, too, feel lucky and honored, to be a part of this project. Bridget, you are a beautiful, inspiring and strong lady. I admire you so much. I also bought my first strand of pearls to honour you, and I intend to wear them every day.
    PearlParadise, thank you so much for having made this beauty. I definitely won’t forget about it and will order pearls from you in the future.

  11. Jeremy–Thank you and your team for all you have done to honor a wonderful woman, Bridget Spence. The heart of you and your company shines through brilliantly. Coral

  12. I, too, am honored to have been a small part of this. It has been nothing short of AMAZING!! Thank you to the project team and to Pearl Paradise for your generosity and for the beautiful creations you have presented Bridget with! Each pearl reflects the beauty that Bridget is and shines with the love that so many of us are sending to her now and always. Bridget will live on in our hearts ALWAYS!

  13. It has been an honor to be a part of this project in even a small way…Bridget has touched all of our lives more than she will ever know and to be ale to give her and her family something tangible that will show her and her family that and the love that is everlasting…wll there are no words…thank you for helping to make this happen!

  14. Judi palmer says:

    What a beautiful tribute to the beautiful Bridget that inspires all of us to never give up. We will never forget her, or you Pearl Paradise for this legacy in her honor. I took out my pearls the other day and will start wearing them everyday as a reminder of courage, inspiration, and love.

  15. Those smarter than myself have so eloquenly put into words what this project was about. So I will simply say THANK YOU!

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