Create Lymphoma and Leukemia Awareness with a Custom Shirt

September is National Lymphoma and Leukemia Awareness Month. There are lots of ways that you can spread the word about lymphoma and leukemia. You can join a charity walk/run, participate in fundraising events, or wear a colored ribbon. But why should you limit building awareness to just one month of the year? Why not create a custom shirt that you can wear all year long?

The first step in the creative process, when designing an awareness shirt, is to think about what lymphoma or leukemia means to you. Are you, or is someone you know, a victim of one of these illnesses? What is the message that you want to convey?  These are all things that you should consider when designing your shirt.


Now that you have an idea of what your shirt should represent, you can start designing. When designing your custom shirt you should be aware of the latest trends in t-shirt designs. It is very popular to use a block design. With this layout out the text and art together create a square or block. Also, another well-liked design tactic is to mix font types, usually a bold font with a cursive font.  When designing for a charity or cancer event, it is popular to include the color of the cause you are supporting in the shirt.

First, you should start by choosing a shirt; you can choose a basic tee, v-neck or tank top.  Then choose the color of the shirt, are you going have the shirt be the color of the cause or will the font and art be the color of the cause?  For this example let’s make the shirt orange for leukemia, and then make the font basic colors like white and black.

Next, we will add the text. As mentioned before, block styled text is currently very popular.  When choosing your message, remember what this shirt is going to represent. If you are a survivor, or someone you know is currently fighting the disease, you might want to commemorate it in the message. To really deliver a message you might add a fact to emphasize your point.

Now that you’ve created your own Lymphoma or Leukemia shirt you can start creating awareness! Remember, just because September is National Lymphoma and Leukemia Awareness Month it doesn’t mean you can’t show your support every month!

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CG Fan Spotlight

Recently, one of our fans wrote in to tell us how much she loved her order from CustomizedGirl! Sandy ordered an athletic tank and 1/2 zip hoodie to wear at the Surf City USA Half Marathon to help promote her business. Sandy is also a blogger, and received several compliments on the tank she wore to the race.

To create her unique customized design, Sandy used our super easy-to-use design center to upload her business logo to her tank and 1/2 zip hoodie! With our unique design center, you can upload business logos like Sandy, or you can even upload photos or choose art from our library to create your own personalized design.

Be sure to check out Sandy’s blog, A Mom On The Run, “A mom who blogs to help her stay sane!” as well as her Etsy Shop and!

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CG Group Shots: Everybody Loves Olive!

These very special group shots were sent to us by Dana, whose daughter Olive was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) of May 2009 and since then has had two open heart surgeries to repair the defect.  Olive’s family created these designs for a walk to raise money for It’s My Heart (, to spread awareness for CHDs, and of course to show support for Olive and the other 40,000 babies born each year with CHDs.

Dana also included some enlightening facts about Congenital Heart Defects, that we wanted to share with our readers in spirit of spreading awareness for CHDs.

About 1 out of every 100 babies are born each year with some type of Congenital Heart Defect (40,000/year) (Source: Children’s Heart Foundation). Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood  cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD (Source: Children’s Heart Foundation). Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect (Source: March of Dimes). Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths. (Source: March of Dimes)

Thank you for sharing your story with us Dana and Olive! We wish you nothing but the best!

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