When her mom Nicole was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2015, Athens, Ohio-based Jordan Phillips knew she had to do something. Having sewn since age 5, the 13 year old started sewing cozies to raise funds for the cause through Susan G. Komen. Two years later, Jordan’s Cozys for the Cure has partnered with Greensource brand apparel to release a line of cozy products for Walmart stores this September. Though her mom has been declared cancer free, Jordan has continued with the project. Read below for more on her inspiring story.
SD: How long have you been sewing? What are your favorite things to sew?
I got my first sewing machine for Christmas when I was just five years old. My favorite things to sew include quilts, stuffed animals, skirts, and pillows.
SD: Why did you pick the cozy project? How many cozies did you yourself sew? How long does it take to sew one?
I started Cozys For The Cure when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 11, and wanted to do whatever I could to pitch in while she was going through treatment, so I helped with my brothers, took on extra chores and did anything I could to help.
When I found out the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was coming to Athens, Ohio, I thought I could do more for other people who have breast cancer, like my mom. So I pulled out the sewing machine I got for Christmas when I was five, found some leftover fabric and started stitching fabric coffee cup holders to raise money for breast cancer research. I chose to sew the fabric coffee cup holders because I wanted to support my mom, and the Cozys were the first idea that came to mind. I’ve probably sewn hundreds of cozys. Each cozy takes me around 7 minutes to sew when I’m going really fast.
SD: Do you feel that sewing and/or having a project of this magnitude helped you deal with your mom’s diagnosis?
Definitely. The project really helped me to feel like I was supporting her.
SD: What compelled you to continue working on the project after your mom was declared cancer free?
I didn’t want other kids to have to see their moms sick, and so I just keep sewing.
SD: What is your hope for the future of this project?
Ultimately what I hope to accomplish from this specific project is to cure breast cancer forever.
SD: Do you have any words of wisdom for other young people hoping to make a difference?
The advice that I would give to other young people is to never give up, because there will be times when it is difficult. Follow your craziest ideas and use them to make a difference.
To learn more about Jordan and her work, join the Cozys for the Cure Facebook page.