John Cronin, the award-winning entrepreneur with Down Syndrome and Co-Founder of Melville, NY-headquartered John’s Crazy Socks, with his father, Mark Cronin, recently debuted their Breast Cancer Awareness Socks. This colorful line of socks celebrate woman battling breast cancer and they raise funds for breast cancer research. The Company donates 10 percent from the sale of these socks to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
To introduce the Breast Cancer Awareness Socks, co-founders John and Mark made a visit to the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition and donated socks to be used in the care packages the organization assembles for women undergoing breast cancer treatment.
John’s Crazy Socks is also supporting the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition through a charity fundraising program through which supporters of the organization making a purchase at John’s Crazy Socks receive a free gift and the company donates 10 percent of those sales to the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition.
“We need more compassionate businesspeople like John and Mark, especially when so many not-for-profits are struggling to provide important support to people in need due to COVID-19 pandemic,” said Margaret Campise, the President of the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition. “These socks will be part of the packages that we give to the brave women who are fighting cancer. And we love how John and Mark are raising funds to support research into breast cancer.”
John Cronin said, “I did this for my friend Susan and my Aunt Jennie because they had breast cancer.”
“Breast Cancer is a serious disease that steals the lives of so many. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime,” said Mark X. Cronin, Co-Founder of John’s Crazy Socks. “We are a social enterprise and we celebrate and support causes that touch our hearts. It is important that John and I design and introduce our newest socks to build greater awareness about breast cancer and raise money to support charities like West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition and The Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.”
The Breast Cancer Awareness Socks are available at the John’s Crazy Socks online store (www.johnscrazysocks.com) and range in price from $6.50 to $13.99 a pair. The charity code to enter for donating 10 percent of any product purchased from John’s Crazy Socks to West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition is FG-WIBCC20.
About John’s Crazy Socks
John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise built on four pillars:
- Inspiration and Hope: We hire people with differing abilities, share videos to show what people can do, host school tours and school groups that come for work experience. We want the world to see what people with differing abilities can do.
- Giving Back: We donate 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics and raise money through our Sock of the Month Club and charity and awareness socks for our charity partners like Autism Speaks, the Autism Society of America, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Williams Syndrome Association. We have raised more than $375,000 for our charity partners and publish a monthly Giving Back Report.
- Products You Can Love: We have over 2,000 different socks plus a Sock of the Month Club and now we offer masks and greeting cards.
- Making It Personal: Every package gets a thank-you note from John and some candy.
In 2019, John, Mark and the company received the prestigious Entrepreneur of The Year for the New York Metro Region from EY (Ernst & Young) and John is the first individual with Downs Syndrome to receive this award. The company has been featured on numerous local and national outlets including CBS News, CNBC, Fox News, and Inside Edition.