Sharpe has struck up a partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Newfoundland and Labrador division and is raising funds for Daffodil Place in St. John’s.
Sharpe is donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of her Hope Crystals bracelet and matching jewellery to the facility.
Mary died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1978.
“My sister was a very giving and kind person,” Sharpe said in a news release. “Her memory lives on through the bracelet and through it I honour her as well as all people who bring beauty to the world.”
The Hope Crystals bracelet features 20 crystals, each one a different colour representing various forms of cancer.
Daffodil Place offers support services and accommodations to people with cancer and their caregivers who must travel to St. John’s for treatment.
Al Pelley, vice-president of philanthropy with the Canadian Cancer Society in the province, said financial issues are the biggest stress people face when diagnosed with cancer.
“The purpose of Daffodil Place is to provide affordable accommodations and a home-like atmosphere for patients and their families,” he said.
“Every dollar that’s donated to Daffodil Place helps to keep the cost of cancer down for them, and it helps us maintain both affordability and a variety of services to assist them during a difficult time in their lives.
“Every dollar helps, and we’re very grateful to Karlande Designs for supporting Daffodil Place with the Hope Crystals bracelet and matching jewellery.”
Karlande Designs aims to empower people to express the meaningful connections in their lives through jewellery.
Sharpe has also designed jewellery the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador and a number of other organizations.
In 2011, she won the Community Impact Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) for her fundraising efforts.
Karlande Designs was named small business of the year by the Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce that same year.