Helping women battling cancer to feel strong and beautiful during and after cancer treatment.
Fighting Pretty started after our founder, Kara Skaflestad was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 26. 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 her 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 make-up) on to another woman battling cancer, and thus, the first Pretty Package was born.
The original pink boxing gloves have been passed on to a total of five women battling cancer, but the strength of Fighting Pretty has gone on to thousands. Meet Kara
In just four years, Fighting Pretty has sent over 4,500 Pretty Packages to women battling cancer in all 50 states and seven countries globally. Fighting Pretty has partnered with well-known cosmetic brands and was even given the honor of ringing 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 or loved ones, but collaborating with hospitals (such as OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Legacy and Sloan Kettering in NYC) to provide Pretty Packages to their patients for free.