By Anastasia Marchese
Hailey Harrington is a local entrepreneur and the owner of, Haiilshandmade, her small business through which she markets her own handmade items.
About two and a half years ago Harrington decided to try jewelry making as “an outlet to have an artistic venue.”
Harrington recently graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Psychology. At the same time, in addition to finishing college she also took the six month EMT training and is currently working as an EMT. She is looking forward to starting nursing school in the fall of 2017. When asked why she is pursuing nursing she was obviously proud to be following in her mother’s footstep, who is also a nurse.
“It is something I always wanted to do,” she said.
She may have started jewelry making as a personal outlet for her creativity, but she has found a way to use it to help others. She has a special line of charm jewelry themed to honor those who have suffered from breast cancer. During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Harrington featured this jewelry online at her etsy store and at Main Street Cottage in Verona. She also sold her breast cancer awareness jewelry at the 2nd annual Susan G Komen walk at Panther Park in Cedar Grove. All the proceeds from the sale of the jewelry were donated to the Susan G Komen Foundation.
According to Wikipedia, the Komen Foundation “is the most widely known, largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the United States. Susan Goodman, later Susan Goodman Komen, was born in 1943 in Peoria, Illinois. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33. She died of the disease at age 36 in 1980. Komen’s younger sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker, who believed that Susan’s outcome might have been better if patients knew more about cancer and its treatment, promised her sister that she would do everything she could to end breast cancer. To fulfill that promise, Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Komen’s memory in 1982.
Harrington was also inspired to start fundraising for breast cancer awareness because of a personal connection with the disease. Harrington’s mother was diagnosed and treated for the disease but thankfully has been cancer free for more than over five years now.
This was Harrington’s second year fundraising, and she has been pleased to have increased her sales since last year. She donates all the materials, so the full purchase price goes straight for cancer research and awareness initiatives. This year she made charm bracelets that were personalized with words like Mother, Daughter, Aunt, Friend and Sister. Hailey had some requests to personalize two items for survivors of pancreatic cancer, and she was happy to be able to change the theme.
When asked if she will continue her side business while in nursing school, Harrington was optimistic. She may need this artistic outlet then more than ever, as she continues to follow her passion to help others through the medical field.
Her etsy shop can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/haiilshandmade.
To see more of Harrington’s creations check out her Instagram page www.instagram.com/haiilshandmade/Eb7srut1.