2013 Blazing Star Award
Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas
When told to bring one of her husband’s old shirts to wear after a double mastectomy and to use safety pins for her surgical drains, the incident became an epiphany wrapped around an outrage for Cherie, who says, “That’s like coming home from the hospital with a broken arm, and they give you a shoestring for a sling.” Out of her frustration came an idea: She invented and patented a recovery shirt made of feather soft moisture management material with velcro-like fasteners and special internal pockets to hold the drains so patients could heal in comfort and dignity. Cherie, who started her successful Certified Woman Owned Business www.healincomfort.com in 2010 with $1,000, has since helped over 3,000 patients throughout the USA, given to 7 major hospitals and provided for Austin’s breast cancer patients as a gift as well as any hardship cases in the USA through a nonprofit www.healincomfort4achange.org founded for that purpose. Her inspiring story has been featured by CNN, Fox 7, KVUE, Good Morning SA, the NFL news, Giuliana Rancic E! News, the Statesman and other media.
2013 Lillie Knox Investing For Growth Award
Women’s Business Council Southwest WBENC
Dear Cherie: You are a 2013 recipient of the Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Award. On behalf of the selection committee, board, and membership of the Women’s Business Council-Southwest, we are so pleased to contribute to the growth of heal-in-comfort and wish you the greatest success.
2012 Fearless Women Visions of a New World Award
Mary Ann Halpin
From Mary Ann Halpin “I am moved by the amazing, Fearless Women that I have met and photographed over these many years. They have been the catalyst for this evolutionary movement. Together we will embrace our sword of courage to move beyond our fears to our dreams, to help ourselves, and help the whole world.”