Hi, I'm Rachel Park.
I'm a breast cancer survivor/awareness advocate, tie designer, and founder of Rachel Park Designs and Survivor Moda.
In September of 2014, I felt a small lump in my breast. I was devastated when doctors confirmed my worst fears, and I was diagnosed with Stage IIB triple-negative breast cancer. After 15 rounds of chemotherapy, three surgeries and 32 radiation treatments, I'm thankful to officially be declared cancer-free!
With a background in fashion, I was determined to keep my fashion sense during treatment. Not a fan of wigs and wanting to look more natural, I experimented with scarves during chemo and received lots of compliments. Cancer took many things from me, but I wouldn't let it take my style!
Although everyone kept telling me that I didn't "look sick" (I WAS), staying stylish was important to me, and the extra confidence boost helped me feel better through it all. I wanted to create a helpful resource for other breast cancer survivors to not forget their sense of style during treatment, and Survivor Moda (which is a play on "survivor mode," plus moda means "fashion" in Spanish) was born. Survivor Moda empowers breast cancer survivors to survive in style & provides breast cancer information and resources.
During breast cancer treatment, I used my sewing skills to help my fellow breast cancer survivors and created The ParkPuff™. With a portable and stylish design, The ParkPuff™ seatbelt pillow allows your chest to travel in comfort during your car ride, whether you're driving or riding. (I made one for myself after surgery and have been using it daily ever since!)
All ParkPuffs are handmade with love by me in Los Angeles. 💗