The Bear was inspired by Barrett’s love for the outdoors, hiking, and traveling. Barrett’s socks are made in North Carolina, less than an hour from his alma mater, Wake Forest University. They’re a bit more athletic than the average dress sock, sporting arch support plus cushioned toes and heels. They’re perfect for hitting the trail after a long day at the office! Proceeds from sales of The Bear will be split between Barrett and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Barrett Nichols graduated from Wake Forest University in 2011 and now works in operations for Delta Air Lines in Atlanta. Bear, as his friends call him, and his wife Lauren enjoy traveling together - in the almost five years they have been married they’ve gone to Thailand, France, Chile, and more! Bear also enjoys hiking, golf, the Atlanta Falcons, and cheering on Wake Forest sports teams.
Barrett was diagnosed with a rare hybrid of AL and AM leukemia in March 2017. He had been sick with the flu and pneumonia leading up to his diagnosis. When the pneumonia struggled to improve with antibiotics, his doctor did blood work that showed evidence of leukemia, so he was advised to go to the hospital. Before Bear was able to start chemo, the first challenge was to get rid of the pneumonia infection that was dragging down his immune system.
His treatment at Emory University Hospital includes six rounds of chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. During the first rounds of treatment Lauren often spent the night in the hospital to take care of and be with Bear. His parents, brothers, friends, and coworkers have been huge sources of support as well.
Half of the net proceeds from sales of The Bear will be split between Barrett and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Barrett is setting aside his portion of proceeds to help cover treatment-related expenses not covered by health insurance. Resilience Project also supports LLS with the sales of Jack’s Zoo.