Today my heart breaks… we lost yet another dear friend to breast cancer, our 18th Goddess in fact to pass through the veil… to become an angel, an advocate, and most definitely a warrior on the other side for us.
Champagne Joy was a force of nature. Yes, that was her real name and she wore yellow and blue lipstick, skulls and brightly colored wigs. Her style was a statement, her presence dynamic in every way.
Champagne had to have debilitating chemo every other week. Despite this, Champagne ‘made’ things happen. She headed up a project called “Cancerland”, an organization that informed and encouraged women affected by breast cancer by means of video and other media. CLICK HERE to see the video she created for the Grace project. Champagne was a fierce advocate for metastatic breast cancer and I was continuously amazed at her unending commitment and ability to achieve her goals regardless of her illness and the toxic medicine that brought her to the verge of death every other week.
For her Grace project photoshoot, I met Champagne at Untermeyer State Park in the early a.m. It was a stunning and ancient place formerly used for pagan worship located in (wait for it) Yonkers New York! She and 4 others were to be photographed for the Grace project that day. Champagne came equipped with bone necklaces, and skulls and had asked me to bring a bow and arrow. When it was her time to pose, she stood amongst the ancient pillars and aimed for the stars.
Whatever it was that you were aiming for with your bow that day Champagne… I have no doubt that you have now reached it.
You will be fiercely missed and you will be even more fiercely remembered.