As my regular readers know, I love featuring stories of people whose lives have been touched by cancer and, as a result, they found their own unique way to make a difference for survivors and caregivers.
Lexi Timmons is an amazing young woman I first met while at a dance event a number of years ago. We both share a love of salsa, West Coast and Argentine Tango dancing. When we first met, we were not aware that we also shared a passion for improving the quality of life for cancer survivors. Lexi, an oncology nurse, is not only a professional caregiver; she is also a personal caregiver for her mother who is currently going through treatment for breast cancer. Recently, Lexi launched her own business designing and selling greeting cards for cancer survivors.
Lexi, what inspired you to create lumpycards.com?
So many times I’ve seen my patients receive greeting cards from friends and family during treatment., Most of the time they look disappointed after opening them. Many of my patients admit the cards they received made them feel like they were already dead.
When my mom first got diagnosed, she received a card that was blank, aside from her family member’s signature, and a depressing message. She was so hurt. Cancer patients want to get their minds off of their side effects and fear. Who the heck wants a pastel, boring sympathy card?! They want to laugh. So I started designing my own cards that are funny to uplifting, and completely based on cancer experiences. The cards were an immediate hit.
How did you get started?
I began by watching tutorials on designing and printing cards. I joined entrepreneur networking groups to learn about business, and I asked my friends who knew about building websites to teach me what they knew. LumpyCards was always on my mind. From brainstorming after work, to talking about it on the dance floor, it became my main focus until it was finally a reality.
What were some of the challenges you faced? I’m a nurse, not a business graduate, so everything there is to know about starting a business, I had to learn on my own and build that knowledge from the ground up. Lucky for me, I love to learn and I have a lot of patience. Also, time was a big issue.
Working at the cancer center five days a week meant cutting out my social life to plan and build LumpyCards.
What strengths or tools did you tap into to overcome those challenges?
Willingness. I work as hard as I need to and take a lot of classes. I meet as many people as I can to expand my network and do whatever I have to in order to make this thing work. My determination is paying off!
How has helping others impacted your life?
It feels SO good to hear cancer patients ooh and awe over my cards, and tell me they wish their family members had bought my cards for them. People love my line so much that they want to help LumpyCards be sold in the gift shops where they received cancer treatment.
How can people learn more about you and your product?
Go to LumpyCards.com and click on shop, where you can see the designs of all the cards. So far there are 20 that have already been printed, but many, many more are in the making and on their way! Also, if you have any contacts in a hospital or cancer center, I’m offering a free 20-pack of cards of your choice if you get that organization to place an order of LumpyCards to sell in their gift shops or waiting rooms.
Is there anything else you would like to share? Major insights or impact creating this has had in your life? It makes me happy to know I’m making people laugh when they need it the most. I’ve had so much fun creating this business. I’ve met some awesome people through it, and I can’t wait to take it to the next level. I plan on expanding, carrying a variety of cancer gift-type products with a sense of humor, and going global!
Congratulations, Lexi, on seeing a need and investing the time, money and energy into creating a solution that brings smiles to the faces of cancer survivors. If you have a friend or loved one facing the challenge of cancer, check out Lumpycards.com. It’s a fun and easy way to say you care.