Funding cancer one bow at a time

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Ashley Sleight, owner of Bows For Brains, joined us to discuss her father’s legacy and how his story inspired her business.

April 30, 2010, John Courtney Droubay lost his battle to stage four Glioblastoma in the left side of his brain. Doctors decided that surgery was the only option to relieve him of pain. After brain surgery, he lost motor function of the right side of his body as well as speech and memory loss. The mass was large that removing it caused severe brain damage. Doctors anticipated he wouldn’t survive the year. He lived more than one year post-surgery in a wheelchair and constantly in and out of Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. 

When starting Bows For Brains, Ashley and her team wanted to focus on brain cancer and brain trauma research, but after careful consideration, they have decided to broaden their mode of donation and donate to all cancer research. Every bow, pacifier clip, and car seat cover made and sold helps with cancer donation.

Their business began running 7 years after Droubay passed away. They have since made one small donation to Huntsman Cancer Institute to help fund cancer research.

Visit them at or their Instagram account @bowsforbrainsshop for further information.

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