Carol April is giving away a studded water bottle, baseball cap, and a shirt of your choice from her line of inspirational apparel, Not Done Yet. Enter to win by answering this question in the comments below: What are you looking forward to that you haven’t done yet?
FOF Carol April lost her friend Jenise to cancer in 2006. At her memorial, Jenise’s daughter spoke about her mother’s fight against cancer. She said that whenever people got too morose around her, Jenise would snap and say, “Give me a break, I’m not dead yet!”
“Not Dead Yet” evolved into “Not Done Yet,” and became the slogan of Carol’s company. “I started thinking about all that Jenise could have accomplished, which made me realize that our whole generation had more to give and to contribute,” says Carol. “I wasn’t ready to roll over and be dead, so, I started up this idea, and have been preaching it ever since.” Carol’s idea was to develop a line of apparel featuring the slogan “Not Done Yet.”
“We launched with just a couple of t-shirts,” says Carol. In 2008, she began selling her apparel at the California Governor’s Conference for Women, hosted by journalist Maria Schriver. “Maria has extraordinary contacts and ties with speaker and journalists,” says Carol. “That’s when business started to pick up. People would come back and tell me how much the messages on the shirts made a difference in their lives.”
A portion of all Not Done Yet sales go to three charities that are close to Carol’s heart–The The Noreen Fraser Foundation, Our House and The Alzheimer’s Association. “Noreen Fraser is a breast cancer survivor, and one of my closest friends,” says Carol, “The Noreen Fraser Foundation funds collaborative research for women’s cancers.” Our House is a local non-profit and non-denominational group support center that counsels children, teenagers, and adults through the grief of losing a loved one, a cause Carol empathizes with, since she lost her mother to cancer at age four. The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. “So many of the boomer generation can identify with taking care of parents who have Alzheimer’s, or knowing other friends whose parents who are suffering from it,” says Carol.
Since launching Not Done Yet in 2008, Carol’s inspirational apparel has reached thousands of people. “We do gift baskets and support other charities throughout the year,” says Carol. “You can’t start a business at my age and not feel like you don’t have to give back. I feel blessed in my life, and want to get our message out there!”
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