FACT goods was founded in November 2017 in Denver, CO, by a pair of best friends who wanted to make a difference. In its simplest form, FACT goods' mission is to design positive, inspirational products that help fund charities focused on research and otherwise trying to Find A Cure Today (FACT).
We give a quarter or more of our proceeds to charities such as Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Michael J Fox Foundation, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Cancer Research Institute, and others that have high charity navigator ratings and use most of their funds for research.
Here's a bit more of the story in our own words...
We're Scott and Antonella. Philanthropy and volunteering had always been important to us, but in the spring of 2014 things started to become far more personal. A simple text from a young friend said, "I have breast cancer." She beat it, but this surprised us because she was otherwise so young and healthy.
Fast forward to the summer of 2016, and we saw a good friend become paralyzed overnight. He went from running multiple miles a day, to not being able to walk due to a bizarre infection and spent 4 months recovering at the Shepherd Center
. Then in fall of 2016, Halloween day to be precise, what we believed to be a case of resilient bronchitis turned out to be stage 4 lymphoma.
After these experiences, we decided that we could no longer wait to take matters into our own hands . Two of these three cases were extremely rare, and we knew that we wanted to do our part to generate funds for organizations that perform research for cancers and illnesses that tend to receive less attention than the big ones. As a result, we decided to create FACT goods, where FACT stands for Find a Cure Today. The balloon in our logo represents hope for a better tomorrow, but we know that a lot of work needs to happen between now and then.
Along the way, we decided to include organizations beyond what had impacted us most directly. When we first shared the concept with close friends, they asked us to include charities focused on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s because of the experiences they were having in supporting their parents with these diseases.
We have decided to create designs that inspire hope, and highlight positive messages including strength, love, power and faith, or sometimes even don't use words at all. Our goal is to develop products that can be worn everyday, not just in specific months or for charity walks. We hope that our designs lead to great conversations, which in turn helps us raise more money.
A quarter of our proceeds are donated to organizations such as:
Thank you for being here and for your support!
Antonella & Scott