Why This Founder Finds Inspiration in a Necklace It reminds Evolved by Nature's Rebecca Lacouture of her mother -- and helps her to always do her best.
My mom, Gail, died after a brief illness in 2005. I was a month away from finishing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Tufts University. My dad created a personal gift for my sisters and me: necklaces engraved with our mom's thumbprint on the front, and her birth date and the date she passed on the back. They would serve as a reminder that our mother is always with us.
Less than three years after my mom's death, in 2008, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at just 27 years old. I underwent genetic tests to find out why this might happen to someone so young, but there were no links or answers. I wore my mom's necklace every day through surgery, chemo, and eventually, recovery. On the most difficult days, I held it in my hand -- stacking my thumb on hers and envisioning holding her hand again.