Scarves Fighting Cancer was thrilled to team up with Seattle favorite, glassybaby over the past three years to offer the limited-edition watters, vida and cheer glassybaby designed by Stefan Frei.
We appreciate glassybaby's commitment to philanthropy. $3 from the sale of each glassybaby is donated to the
glassybaby foundation to provide hope and healing. Since 2001, glassybaby has contributed over $12,000,000 to organizations worldwide.
In 2021, the first glassybaby collaboration with Stefan Frei, watters sold out in nearly 90 minutes. Though the item is no longer available, the story behind this special votive and others deserves to be shared. Scroll down to read all three.
A message from Stefan Frei
"Sounders rightly celebrate Seattle’s 'Eternal Blue.' I am constantly inspired by the blues of our waterways; from our rivers and lakes, to Lake Washington to Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean herself. Life giving, powerful beauty. This reverence guided my collaboration with glassybaby. My vision was to capture the blues I see on my commute from the island to evoke the calming, hopeful and ethereal aspects of our waters in a way only glassybaby can.
As an artist myself, it was thrilling to watch such uniquely skilled artists at work. The glass blowers at glassybaby spend many years honing their skills. Each votive is hand-crafted by four different artists, each specializing in a different phase of production. It’s truly a collaborative effort and I was honored to be included in the design phase. They took my vision and brought it to life, creating this limited-edition glassbaby we titled ‘watters.’
Why the extra ’t’?
It's for Lucy. Lucy Watters was 4 years old the first time I met her at Starfire. She had just been diagnosed with leukemia. I had the honor of visiting Lucy at Seattle Children’s at Christmastime, 2019. I got to help her make a gingerbread house. I gave her a scarf which she promptly announced she’d give to her soccer-loving brother, Max. At that time, Lucy had been battling cancer for almost 4 years. Lucy passed away last Spring. She was 8 years old. It is so unfair. In the brief times I met her, her smile and spirit left a lasting impression and I won't forget her. So that extra ’t’ is for Lucy. It’s a reminder that there is still much work to be done. It’s a reminder that this is a fundraiser for vital immunotherapy research for childhood cancer at Seattle Children’s. There is shockingly little funding for pediatric cancer research, which makes fundraisers like this so essential. I hope when you light a candle in your watters glassybaby, you feel some of the hope that I do."
"I knew I wanted to create a companion piece for last year's watters glassybaby. It was only natural that the "eternal blue" we celebrated should be paired with 'forever green." I envisioned Rave green, of course, but also Washington evergreens. Glassybaby uses only colors derived from natural elements — one of the many things that make them so unique. The good folks at glassybaby worked hard to gather the elements needed for our limited-edition run of just 240.
Rave green always reminds me of Spring and the new growth and rebirth it brings. Here I found the inspiration for this year's name, "vida." Vida means "life" in Spanish, the first language of many of my teammates. Life is at the very heart of the vida glassybaby. Sales from vida will help save children's lives by supporting the important immunotherapy research for childhood cancer at Seattle Children's. In recent years, I've toured Seattle Children's Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and gotten to see where the funds we raise together are being used. My wife and I toured the new Building Cure as well. I got to meet the doctors and researchers and learn about the world-class work being done right here in Seattle. It's awe-inspiring. But it needs funding. Thank you for supporting this fundraiser. Light a candle knowing you're supporting life-saving research."
"This year's glassybaby is my most personal design yet. Creating a work of art is so rewarding and brings me joy. Gifting a hand-made creation is sharing that joy. This is surely one of the many reasons glassybaby are so wildly popular. This year, I started with my favorite colors: corals and reds. Glassybaby understands the feelings I wanted to evoke with these colors because other votives in these hues have names like seattle sunset, dance party, happiness and smile.
The name cheer for this special, limited-edition glassybaby seemed perfect for several reasons. I hope this design and supporting this research elicits joy in your heart and brings you good cheer. As an athlete, I always tell our fans that their cheers lift us up on the pitch. We are fueled by your positive energy. This is why this year's cheer glassybaby is dedicated to the doctors and researchers working tirelessly to bring innovative treatments and cures to children battling cancer. One in five of children diagnosed with cancer die. The emotional toll on these dedicated, talented professionals is real. We are grateful for your work and for the care you give these kids and for the space you hold for families going through their darkest days. We see you and we cheer you on."