Here’s another story behind one of the designs from our Corporal Hoffman series of Threadless Causes. Each tee in the series tells the story of a wounded war veteran. And 25% of the sale of each of the tees will benefit Fashion Has Heart to support and benefit the wounded war veterans and heroes through art, design and fashion.
Hero Story: Army Specialist Danielle Green-Byrd was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Overcoming a rough childhood, she earned full-ride athletic and academic scholarships to her dream school, the University of Notre Dame. Following a very successful basketball career, Green-Byrd followed her second dream: enlisting in the U.S. Army.
While on patrol in Iraq, Green-Byrd was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. After she regained consciousness in the hospital, she discovered that her dominate arm had been removed. The former “South Paw” shooting guard immediately thought of one thing: her wedding ring. She had been married just weeks prior to her injury while back in Chicago for a short leave. It was not long after she returned home and learned how to live without her dominate arm when her husband unexpectedly passed away. Through all of life’s ups and downs, Green-Byrd continues to give back to others. She received two Master’s Degrees and is now providing therapy counseling to returning wounded soldiers and their families.
Design Story: After learning Danielle’s remarkable life journey, artist Phil Jones kept thinking of the saying, “Life may close one door so that it may open another.” This design represents Danielle’s journey. Each door is a symbol of her path, from the door knob changing orientation to accommodate her lost arm, to the chapel door being left open to symbolize her husband’s passing. This shirt is a daily reminder to continue pushing forward, no matter what door may close.