Featuring Angel’s wings, these socks were designed for comfort. Made from a blend of cotton and polyester, Angel’s socks are soft to the touch and a bit thicker than your average dress sock. They are crew length and sit just below the calf. Half of net proceeds are donated to Angel’s family to help them pay for expenses related to treatment.
As the rhythmic claps and laughter of Shellbe Antoine and her four children fill the air, a nurse walks in to check if the chemotherapy is running. Angel, four-years-old and connected to an IV pole, is sitting on his hospital bed breaking down some moves reminiscent of Beyonce’s Single Ladies dance. Since October, Angel has been receiving biweekly chemotherapy in what is part of a three year treatment plan for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
Flanked to his right by his eight-year-old sister, Faithful, and nine-year-old brother, Solomon, Angel is unbothered by the nurse attempting to change his IV line. Meanwhile, Unity, the oldest of the four at ten-years-old watches on as a concerned big sister. Shellbe, a paralegal by trade and single mother, says a prayer over the new chemotherapy bag as the nurse prepares to hang the medicine.
Although dance parties may be uncommon on the oncology ward, Shellbe explains that her family does things a little differently, “We’re always singing and making music, it’s just who we are.”
Evident from the energy in the room, Shellbe maintains a strong sense of optimism regarding her son’s diagnosis. “It’s part of the journey of life. We’ll adapt, we’ll live…and we’ll make lots of lemonade,” she says, flashing a big smile. Unable to work with four children to care for and shuttle to and from the hospital each week, Shellbe’s unfailing brightness is nothing short of inspiring. She’s a warrior with an Angel by her side.