Fashion Facets

MEDAL FOR PERSONAL BATTLES Pennsylvania jewelry designer Mary Lou Hayko has a deep drive to help women and families touched by the tragedy of breast cancer. Hayko’s mother succumbed to the disease after a 10-year battle that began when Hayko was a sophomore in high school; her brother’s wife died after fighting for four-and-a-half years. As the daughter of a cancer patient, Hayko herself is considered “high risk,” but luckily thus far has been cancer-free. She has, however, turned her personal grief into a line of jewelry designed to symbolize not only cancer survival but also many other life struggles from which women have emerged victorious. What began as an entry for a breast-cancer fund-raising design competition has become a talisman that many women refuse to take off. With help from her jewelry partner, Avishai Greis, Hayko designed a bracelet to be sold at six region
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