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"Backbone" Unisex Tee

"Backbone" Unisex Tee

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Color - Comfort Color 1717 T-Shirt FRONT DTF
Size - Comfort Color 1717 T-Shirt FRONT DTF

Inspiration: Donna Dang

Donna's Twist on Cancer: Most of my experience with cancer up to David's passing was through my work as a cancer biologist, working in both breast and prostate cancers. Having it affect me so intimately was never something I had never imagined, so in many ways, I had always felt that I was fighting cancer, both in the lab and outside of the lab with David (also a cancer biologist). Having this experience as a young adult reshaped my entire life and it also changed what I valued in the type of work that I wanted to do. David's diagnosis inspired me to change careers and move away from academic research and into philanthropy where I wanted to work in a nonprofit, but still utilizing my scientific background. I am currently a program officer, where I run funding programs that include cancer research. I have finally found fulfillment in my work, and I feel that much of David's legacy is still carried through the work that he did, but also through my work in nonprofit.

Artist: Suhani Amin

Artist Statement: Donna, my Inspiration, was the primary caregiver for her fiancé, David. He had aggressive cancer in his spine and passed away in October of 2020. While they were surrounded by darkness—a heartbreaking diagnosis amidst an isolating pandemic—the world Donna and David created for themselves was quite the opposite. Their bubble was warm, supportive, and golden. In my painting, I have tried to encapsulate this: a dark world, a shining bubble, all focusing on the spine. Not only because that's where the cancer was, but because this spine, this backbone, is symbolic of what Donna and David are to each other. Donna was David’s support as he fought his cancer, and he now, in so many ways, has become her support as she moves forward. His life inspired her to even change career paths and move into philanthropy. The sunset depicted in the painting is inspired by a photograph that David took on their final trip together to Pacifica, CA. It’s how I imagine them together, holding hands, looking into the horizon, and surrounded by the warm glow of the sun. For Donna, I wanted to capture this happy memory, this unquestioned support, and this unconditional love. Because she will always carry this love and support within her. As Maya Angelo said, "We can be. Be and be better. For they existed."

The Gildan Comfort Colors 1717 is a premium quality t-shirt that is designed to provide you with maximum comfort and style. This t-shirt is made from 100% ring-spun cotton, which makes it exceptionally soft and durable.

  • The ring-spun cotton material used in this t-shirt is exceptionally soft and comfortable to wear. It's perfect for everyday wear or for lounging around the house.​
  • The Comfort Colors 1717 is made to last. The ring-spun cotton material is more durable than regular cotton, ensuring that this t-shirt will hold up over time.
  • This t-shirt has a relaxed fit, making it perfect for casual wear. It's not too tight and not too loose, ensuring that you look and feel your best.
  • The Comfort Colors 1717 comes in a wide range of vibrant colors, ensuring that you can find the perfect shade to match your style.
  • Made with double-needle armhole, sleeve, and bottom hems with twill-taped neck and shoulders for extra durability

Machine wash: Can be hot washed up to 30c. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low heat. Iron steam or dry with low heat. Do not dry clean.

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