Marys­town teen rais­ing aware­ness

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She says it was from her brother’s per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with men­tal ill­ness that the “Be strong, live on” motto was born.

The shirts are black on the front with the logo on the back on the neck of the shirt.

A piece of pur­ple ma­te­rial, hold­ing Kyle’s sig­na­ture, is also sewn to the front of each shirt.

Pur­ple was his favourite colour, says his sis­ter.

Chance meet­ing

She says it was chance that brought her brother and the graphic de­signer to­gether.

Inkpen had been work­ing on tat­too project, she says, and mes­saged her brother Kyle for help.

“He (Kyle) had over 50 tat­toos, so it made sense.”

About a week or two af­ter Kyle’s death, Cole sent his sis­ter a mes­sage, say­ing ‘Hey this is the shirt I de­signed with your brother. Would you help me sell them?

Sta­ple­ton says up un­til that point she didn’t have any part in the de­sign process.

“Kyle and Cole they de­signed the shirts but it didn’t re­ally get any fur­ther than hav­ing a de­sign on a com­puter screen,” she says.

Sta­ple­ton says al­though she and her brother did not have a close re­la­tion­ship, given that fact that he lived away for 10 years, she felt com­pelled to do some­thing af­ter his death.

“So (af­ter) he passed away I was think­ing… what can I do to make him happy?”

She reached out to Cole, to ask if he still had the de­sign for the shirts.

He did, and they got to work. Within days they had sold over 25 shirts, she says.

Since then she’s raised $1,300 from the sale of tshirts. She plans to do­nate the money to the Burin Penin­sula Health Care Cen­tre’s men­tal health cam­paign.

Sta­ple­ton is study­ing busi­ness at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity and says one day she might ex­pand on the line, maybe in­tro­duc­ing a line of gym wear in as­sorted colours, with some of the money from the sales go­ing back to char­ity.

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Kyle Sta­ple­ton

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