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Mindy Lam launched the Mindy Lam jewelry line in 2002. The single mother’s unique designs have captured the attention of fashion magazines like Elle and Vogue. During the height of her success, she experienced a major health setback. Lam was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. (ABC7)

A mother daughter duo, faced with a health scare years ago, is using their jewelry business to help others battling illnesses and sharing their story to raise awareness about the need for kidney donors.

Mindy Lam launched the Mindy Lam jewelry line in 2002. The single mother’s unique designs have captured the attention of fashion magazines like Elle and Vogue. During the height of her success, she experienced a major health setback. Lam was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease.

At the time, her 16-year-old daughter, Kai Sia offered to donate her kidney. Two years later Lam accepted her daughter’s offer and in 2013 they had a successful transplant. Since that experience they have made giving-back part of their business model, supporting several organization such as St. Jude and The American Heart Association.

A holiday pop-up shop, November 17 and 18 12 p.m.-7 p.m. at the W Hotel in Washington DC will benefit Easter Seals, which provides services to people impacted by autism, Alzheimer’s disease and those with special needs.

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