When I founded cocokind, I wanted to make a difference in women’s lives through clean and conscious skincare that empowers women. Apart from providing quality products, I am most proud of our team and the community of women that we are building. We are a group of real, well, and strong women all united to support each other – in and out. In keeping with our mission, cocokind gives back 1% of our sales and many hours of volunteer service to impact the lives of other women in a meaningful way.
This year, our mission led us to the Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation
(LSKF). LSKF is an organization that provides funding for girls and women to receive cosmetic silicone coverings for their prostheses, with the hope that they will experience both physical and spiritual restoration.
We are so inspired by LSKF’s mission to empower women, and we were thrilled when Lauren, Ashley, and Lisa (the Founders of LSKF) presented us with the opportunity to help Kelley Mann. Through our donations to LSKF in 2017, Kelley will be receiving a cosmetic covering for her prosthetic arm! We also are so excited to feature Kelley on the side of our Organic Rosewater Facial Toner
Below, you’ll find our interviews with Kelley Mann and each one of LSKF’s founders! We not only discuss LSKF’s mission to help women who deal with limb loss, but we also talk about what it means to be a confident women and how we can achieve this on a daily basis. We hope you enjoy learning about their mission and know that your support means everything to our community. To help LSKF directly, please visit their site
Meet The LSKF Founders: Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, Lisa Curlee, and Ashley Igo
What is your mission over at LSK Foundation?
The LSK Foundation exists to bring hope, restore dignity, and ignite faith in girls and women with limb loss by providing beautiful cosmetic coverings for prostheses.
How did the three of you come together?
The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation was founded by what has been called a “Divine intersection”. Lauren, Lisa, and Ashley not only met and became close friends, but also realized they had similar stories and an identical vision. All three women had been able to have their prostheses made to look completely real and exactly like their other limb by ARTech Laboratory in Midlothian, Texas. With the many changes in insurance costs and provisions, they also realized that most people no longer had access to custom silicone restorations which could make their prosthesis look real. In 2015, Lauren, Lisa and Ashley were able to accomplish their vision for helping others obtain a “beautiful” prosthesis. Together, with the National Christian Foundation and ARTech Laboratory, they seek to provide funding for girls and women to receive cosmetic silicone coverings for their prostheses, with the hope that they will experience both physical and spiritual restoration and healing.
Describe the challenges that face women trying to get prostheses and what LSKF is doing to overcome that?
With the changes in insurance coverage over the past few years, it’s becoming harder to get a basic prosthesis, much less a cosmetic covering for one. The LSK Foundation provides funding for the entire cost of a silicone covering, which not only looks realistic and beautiful, but also extends the life of a prosthesis because of the durability it provides. We hope to guide these girls and women through the maze of sticky insurance and healthcare issues. We want to do the much of the legwork for them and pave the way to live in an often difficult culture with any disability.
What’s the best way for people to help LSKF
Donations are the most crucial piece of our being able to serve our applicants. Every dollar raised goes toward the cost of the cosmetic silicone coverings our applicants so desire. Visit our website at http://www.lskfoundation.com/
for more information on how you can help!
Everybody has good and bad days when it comes to beauty, what’s your routine on a “bad day” to overcome insecurities?
LSK: On the days where I am feeling more insecure, I first get into a mindset of gratefulness. Also, ever since I was little, my dad taught me to go serve someone else in those moments, and that puts things into perspective! Also, sometimes I let myself feel that emotion and then fill my mind with truth rather than the lies and comparison that are feeding my insecure thoughts!
Lastly, all three of you are so inspirational. What’s your best advice for women on how to feel confident in their own skin?
LSK: I always remember that we are each created with our own gifts and purpose, so there is so much freedom in walking confidentially in your own story! Also, comparison is never productive
AI: I always try to remember that comparison is a thief of joy.
LC: When I get my mind off of myself and focus on helping others, I gain more confidence with a new perspective
Meet Kelley, The LSKF Recipient!
How would you describe yourself?
The best way I would describe myself would be compassionate for others. I find joy in helping others and seeing someone’s life be changed. I have been on multiple mission trips and worked with foster children the past four years. It was in the moments spent with those children that my insecurities and troubles of the world no longer mattered, I simply desired to do anything I could to help someone else find happiness.
What does the LSK Foundation mean to you?
I applied to [LSK Foundation] to receive a covering after many nights of showing my husband and family how amazing Lauren’s arm looked. Honestly, I applied just to see what would happen. I enjoyed telling my story on the application and realized how blessed I truly was, despite still struggling with the insecurities of my arm. When I received the first email from Lisa, explaining who she was and that they wanted to get in touch with me, I cried. I did not expect it at all and was so excited of what could come. This whole process has felt like a dream, a fantasy. I still have to remind myself daily that it really is happening, I feel so extremely blessed and grateful to cocokind for sponsoring me.
How do you define self confidence?
I view self-confidence as loving yourself, flaws or no flaws, although that does not always come easy.
What makes you feel strong and beautiful?
This may sound cheesy, but the love of my husband makes me feel strong and beautiful. He has been such an answered prayer. Of course, I grew up with my family telling me I was beautiful inside and out. There was just something about having him tell me I was beautiful, despite having one arm that made me feel so strong. He did not see a girl with one arm, he just saw Kelley.
How do you think your experience with the LSK foundation will change that?
My experience with the LSK foundation will change how I feel when I don’t necessarily have the validation from my husband. It’s easy to feel beautiful around him, but I still struggle daily with the appearance of my current prostheses and what others think. I think the natural look of the cosmetic coverings will help me feel strong and beautiful in all settings.