Fighting Pretty is a 501c(3) non-profit organization with a mission to help women battling cancer feel strong and beautiful. The founder, Kara Skaflestad, was diagnosed at age 26 with stage 3 breast cancer. While going through extensive cancer treatment, Kara received a pair of mini pink boxing gloves from a friend's mom, also battling cancer. It was those gloves that reminded Kara to never give up; but it was her inner strength, accented with a touch of bright pink lipstick, that kept her "Fighting Pretty." After Kara's fight was over, she sent her strength and her gloves (along with some makeup) on to another woman battling cancer, and thus, the first Pretty Package was born
The original pink boxing gloves have been passed to a total of five women battling cancer, but the strength of Fighting Pretty has gone on to thousands.
In just six years, Fighting Pretty has sent over 8,500 Pretty Packages to women in all 50 states and 12 countries internationally. Kara and Fighting Pretty have been honored to appear on the Today Show, partner with well-known cosmetics brands, and even ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to help raise awareness of our mission.
Fighting Pretty is working to not only send Pretty Packages via gifting from friends and loved ones, but also collaborating with hospitals (such as OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Legacy, and the YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center) to provide Pretty Packages to their patients for free.
2ND ANNUAL GALA - MASQUERADE BALL
We are so excited to host our second annual gala fundraiser to help fund our programs and reach more and more women battling cancer across the globe! Please join us for this one-night event where our goal is to raise over $100,000. This year, we are using a "Masquerade Ball" theme to have fun, raise money and spread our mission. So dress to impress, bring your mask and join us for a live and silent auction, dinner, dancing, open bar and more!
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Doors open at 6:00pm and the party will end at 10:00pm.
The Fighting Pretty Masquerade Fundraiser Gala will take place in the brand new Hudson House overlooking the views of New York City located in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Fighting Pretty has several programs to help women battling cancer feel strong and beautiful!
Help us send Pretty Packages
Strength, Love, Hope and Beauty - all dressed in pink
Since 2013, we have sent 8,000+ Pretty Packages to 50 U.S. states and 12 countries internationally. We are on a mission to send 2,500 Pretty Packages in one year alone and we are on our way! Inside each Pretty Package, we include inspirational and beauty items to help instill confidence in each recipient battling cancer. For every $30 raised, it will help 1 woman battling cancer.
We host Pretty Package Volunteer Days at corporate and public locations so everyone can share their strength with those who need it most.
From Nike in Portland, Oregon to the corporate office of Deloitte in Rockefeller Center, New York City, we have hosted volunteer days to put together Pretty Packages by hand to send love and strength in our bright pink Pretty Packages. In doing so, we have spread our awareness to thousands of new followers, and have enabled communities to share their strength with friends and family members battling this terrible disease.
Help send inspiration
Sending strength and inspiration straight from the eyes of a child.
By running our "Inspiration: Color" Program, we get children involved all over the country to send in coloring sheets with inspirational messages that we include in our Pretty Packages. Some even include hand-written notes that are misspelled, squiggled or crossed out. The thought that goes into each one is incredibly inspiring, uplifting and powerful.
Fund our Feel Good Events for women "Fighting Pretty"
Free events for the ladies who need it most
This year, we launched our first-ever, nationwide "Prosecco and Pedicures" where over 50 women received a day of pampering in 4 states across the country. This gives women who are "Fighting Pretty" a chance to not only feel beautiful, but to meet other fighters and leave feeling strong, beautiful and refreshed! We are always looking for hosts, so contact us if you're interested.