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Our Gift of Time: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month #BCA #breastcancerawareness

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Disclosure: Although this is a sponsored post, I received no compensation for sharing this information with my readers.

The Our Gift of Time brand has materialized over a period of years after the founder Debra Strochak survived stage three breast cancer in 1998. Debra was a healthy 47 year old mother of two grown children and running a successful business when she was diagnosed out of the blue. With the best and latest treatment options, Debra’s chances of living a cancer free life were less than 7% according to the data and statistics. This experience made Debra question, “What about the others out there who were less fortunate? What does the single mom do with three kids to feed and needs to work to keep her health insurance or those without insurance at all?”
Strochak took action and co-founded the Wellness Community if Greater Miami, a center that provides free psychological and supportive services for cancer patients and their families, treating over 300,000 patients.  As her family business grew, which was creating license plates, Debra started the movement to find the first “Medical Tag” in Florida, which is a Breast Cancer Awareness tag. Since its inception in 2001, Debra has raised over 4 million dollars for Breast Cancer Research, she became part of the American Cancer Society East Kendal Relay for Life, as well resurrected the Pinecrest Relay for Life which has raised over $400,000 to date.  Strochak has also been a sponsor and a team captain for Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and assisted in starting the largest all informative day for Breast Cancer with the Day of Caring. Debra was constantly putting forth her efforts where she felt like she could make a difference, each organization said “why don't I just pick one and stick with it?”  Debra’s feelings were that she never knew where the right dollar might come from that would actually find the Cure. There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason why she survived with a 7% chance and others she knew had not.

Then one day Debra noticed a saying that read, “Life isn't tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift! “ Teaming up with two friends in the jewelry business, they created a watch design and logo that reflects this special sentiment.  The watch represents time, the gift box in the center and it’s tied with a pink bow representing Breast Cancer. When this special watch is purchased, the buyer gets to choose which breast cancer charity receives 100% of the proceeds in order to help others with  “The Gift of Time.”  

Debra’s Breast Cancer License plate reads "LV4IT", because even when she was going through such a traumatic time, she knew she wanted to live long enough for them to find a cure and is now trying to do her part in doing just that.

Our Gift of Time founder Debra Green Strochak is proud to say she is a 15 year very blessed SURVIVOR.

“Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift. It's Our Gift of time.”


  1. Debra has really made a difference in the world. Thank you for telling us about her.

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