ITHACA, N.Y., Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Survivor, Melissa Matthews, is empowering women, promoting perseverance, and supporting charities through her new, story-inspired Meljourne Women jewelry line. Celebrating today's women who have transformed personal tragedies into positive, purpose-driven missions, Meljourne Women consists of individual jewelry collections that symbolically convey these powerful, real-life journeys through a unique blend of meaningful design and dual finishes. A portion of the proceeds from each Meljourne Woman's collection will be donated to a designated charity also working to help people overcome life's adversities.
"The Meljourne Women endeavor has been many years in the making," explains Matthews. On Dec. 18, 2003, Matthews sustained permanent, life-altering injuries to her legs, left arm, and head in a devastating car accident. Her road to recovery has included 14 surgical procedures, learning how to walk again, and overcoming numerous language and processing issues. "My journey has definitely been rocked by pain, disabilities, discrimination, poverty, and isolation," says Matthews. "It has also been a journey full of hope, determination, resilience, and faith." Matthews' conviction to turn her own pain into purpose has been the catalyst for Meljourne Women. As such, the word meljourne — a combination of Melissa's Journey — means to transform personal tragedy into a positive, purpose-driven mission.
Aspiring to become one of the most inspirational start-ups of 2017, Meljourne Women launched its debut collection this holiday season. Fittingly entitled Perseverance - Personified, "The Melissa Necklace" and "The Melissa Bracelet" featured in this first collection artistically represents Matthews' tragedy-to-triumph journey. 10 percent of the net profit from the sales of Matthews collection will be donated to charity: Strong Memorial Hospital/The University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York and Calm Waters Center for Children and Families in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma will each receive 5 percent of the proceeds for the next year.
"A lot of thought and vetting went into selecting my two charity beneficiaries," explains Matthews. "Throughout my journey, some of my greatest challenges were in trying to process and reconcile the various physical and emotional aspects of my accident." Matthews continues, "With those experiences in mind, I selected Strong Memorial Hospital/URMC because it was their dedication to delivering 'Medicine of the Highest Order' that saved my life that fateful night in 2003. I selected Calm Waters because their free grief support services over the past 25 years have helped more than 34,000 individuals overcome the mental grief and anguish from their tragedies and adversities. Strong Memorial Hospital/The University of Rochester Medical Center and Calm Waters Center for Children and Families are two amazing nonprofit organizations that deserve our collective support!"
Meljourne Women's dedication to "empowering women, promoting perseverance, and supporting charity" is a powerful message that is especially relevant and timely in our world today. To further this purpose-driven mission, Meljourne Women is currently searching for new women to celebrate in future collections. Each selected woman will receive: (1) a necklace and bracelet set custom designed to artistically represent her tragedy-to-triumph journey; (2) 5 percent of the net profit from the online and boutique sales of her collection; (3) the publication and active promotion of her story on Meljourne Women's website and social media; (4) a personalized press kit sent to her local/regional media outlets; and (5) a matching 5 percent donation for an approved charity of her choice.
To make a purchase benefiting charity or to apply to become a future Meljourne Woman - please go to www.meljourne.com.
CONNECT WITH MELJOURNE WOMEN
For more information, please contact Melissa Matthews at MeliMatt@meljourne.com or (607) 377.4018.
ABOUT STRONG MEMORIAL HOSPITAL/URMC
Strong Memorial Hospital/The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of patients and communities by delivering innovative, compassionate, patient and family-centered care that is enriched by education, science, and technology. Strong Memorial Hospital/URMC is defining and delivering "Medicine of the Highest Order" whereby setting the standard for compassion and innovation that places patients and their families first. For more information about Strong Memorial Hospital/The University of Rochester Medical Center, please visit www.urmc.rochester.edu.
ABOUT CALM WATERS CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Calm Waters' mission is to help children and their families in their grief journeys. Since 1992, Calm Waters has provided grief support groups free of charge to the community, serving more than 34,000 individuals. Through our Center-based support groups, School-based support groups, and other educational opportunities, Oklahoma children and families find the support they need during some of the most tragic and difficult times in their lives. For more information about Calm Waters, please visit www.calmwaters.org. Calm Waters is a United Way of Central Oklahoma partner agency.
Meljourne Women Logo + Tagline
Melissa Matthews' Car
The Melissa Bracelet
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