Teenager Yali Derman didn’t let cancer get in the way of her dream to be a designer of fashionable handbag accessories. She also didn’t want to create just any handbag, she wanted a design a Kate Spade handbag.
The tote bag is adorned by a peacock, a dazzling bird that replaces its feathers annually, a bird that is a symbol of renewal and new beginnings, and whose feathers are said to be protective and lucky.
This determined Highland Park teenager, who was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 5 years old, and again at 9, was on a mission. In 2007, Yali teamed up with Kate Spade to create the Yali Bag. Her very own stylish black handbag was born and then sold out within hours of hitting store shelves.
Yali has a new mission now and is creating the Yali’s Carry On® Collection. The bags and designs will be functional, yet each will carry a deeper meaning as well. Yali’s Carry On® signifies the grace and style with which cancer survivors must “carry on” in spite of their medical “baggage”.
Yali is truly one of our KIDSS for Kids kids. A former patient at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Yali relied on the art and music therapy programs funded by KIDSS to get through some difficult periods. Dedicated professionals inspired and mentored her.
Now, it is Yali who inspires us. She has pledged to use her creative spirit to help other young patients at Lurie Children’s. KIDSS for Kids is pleased to announce a partnership with Yali’s Carry On® Collection. All proceeds from her new line of handbags and accessories will go directly to KIDSS for Kids and the Family Services Programs at Lurie Children’s that inspired her as a child.