ShylaSpreadsHope Masks keep memory of Richmond child alive

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      When the Tang family’s small drycleaning and tailoring business Sew Clean had to close due to COVID-19, it decided to help a cause that had supported them through the tragic loss of their five-year-old daughter Shyla to a rare childhood cancer in December.

      They switched to making masks, with proceeds going to Childhood Cancer Family Support Society.

      Now the family’s ShylaSpreadsHope masks will be available for purchase at six London Drugs locations beginning Monday (June 8).

      “After learning that their fundraising events were cancelled due to the pandemic, I wanted to help raise money for the non-profit organization," mom Victoria Tang said in today's announcement. "I began sewing fabric facemasks for people and raising funds. Since then I have created a team of local seamstresses to fulfil on production.

      "ShylaSpreadsHope is a way to honor my daughter's memory, by giving back to the community and spreading love and hope."

      The masks are available in adult sizes in five colours, with kids sizes in playful prints, both at a cost of $12. Proceeds go back to ShylaSpreadsHope, with three dollars from every purchase going to Childhood Cancer Family Support Society. 

      They're at London Drugs in Brentwood Mall in Burnaby, and in Vancouver at Broadway and Vine, Dunbar, Hastings and Abbott, Kerrisdale and Olympic Village.