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Designer's Young Cousin Inspiration Behind Colorful School and Office Supplies That Raise Awareness for Leukemia
Date:2/25/2008

Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Jacqueline Savage McFee, a designer of popular, trendy school and office products splashed in luscious color, got the devastating news that her cousin's young daughter, Kendall Sierens, was diagnosed with leukemia, it brought things into perspective for her. It also created a spark.

McFee went to business partner Clay Presley, president and CEO, Carolina Pad & Paper (CPP), with the idea of dedicating one of the company's 2008 fashion collections in honor of the little girl, now 4, who is successfully battling this deadly disease. The result: The Kendall Kollection, a hip line of school and office products that will be available in stores this spring.

Further, she determined to partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to help launch the line (notebooks, folders, binders, pencils and other supplies), donating 10 percent of proceeds from the products to support LLS's blood cancer research and patient education and support services. CPP will also make a contribution to LLS.

Leukemia causes more deaths of children and young adults under the age of 20 than any other form of cancer. Aiming to create significant visibility for this deadly disease, the partnership between LLS, McFee and CPP is a perfect match. The Kendall Kollection appeals to the key target audience of young school-age girls as well as women interested in more upscale, creative office supplies.

"Kendall is such a courageous little girl," McFee said. "My hope is that every time somebody buys a piece from this line they will be inspired and take satisfaction knowing they are doing something to help her and all the other brave families dealing with blood cancers who are literally in the fight of their lives."

The Kendall Kollection, manufactured and distributed by Charlotte, NC-based CPP, will be appearing in major retailers such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Office Max and Wegmans beginning in late spring 2008, in time for back-to- school shopping. The collection, designed to appeal to tweens, teens and young women, features whimsical flowers, bold stripes, polka dots, houndstooth and scrolls in a bright color palette of turquoise, hot pink, yellow, orange, lime and chocolate.

"It's no surprise that Jackie's dynamic designs are gaining worldwide attention, and LLS is honored she chose to partner with us to raise awareness of those touched by blood cancer," said Nancy Klein, senior vice president, LLS Marketing Communications. "The proceeds from these terrific-looking items are going to help give hope to thousands of patients and their families."

CPP head Presley added that, "when Jackie came to me with the idea of developing this collection, I was impressed by her passion and dedication to helping, not only Kendall, but other sufferers of this terrible disease. The Kendall Kollection is a wonderful way to give to a worthy cause."

For more information about the Kendall Kollection, please visit http://www.jackiemcfee.com.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society(R), headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $550 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, LLS made 5.1 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

For more information about blood cancer, visit http://www.LLS.org or call LLS's Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. http://www.lls.org

About Jacqueline Savage McFee

McFee's spirit and zest for life makes her artwork as contagious as her personality! Her luscious color palettes and chic designs are favorites among millions of girls, teens and women all over the world. Her collections include Hot Chocolate, Prints Charming, In Full Bloom, Cotton Candy and a special line called the Kendall Kollection dedicated to Kendall Sierens, Jackie's 4-year-old cousin fighting leukemia.

Jackie's collections are so popular they have been seen on TV sets and magazine spreads including Oprah, That's So Raven, Hannah Montana, Gilmore Girls, as well as in Pottery Barn Kids/Teens catalog, Better Homes and Garden and Child Magazine. Jackie's collections can be found in major retailers including Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Staples, Office Max as well as grocery and pharmacy chains across the U.S. She licenses her designs to her corporate partner Carolina Pad & Paper. Visit http://www.jackiemcfee.com.

About Carolina Pad & Paper (CPP)

CPP is a leading supplier of fashion office and school products for women and girls. Based in Charlotte, NC, with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai, CPP is one of the fastest-growing stationery companies in the world. Its office, school and arts-and-crafts products can be found at discount department stores, office supply stores, grocery stores, and drug stores. CPP's portfolio of brands include JACK!E(TM) by signature designer Jacqueline Savage McFee, Notebound(R), u:create(TM), and Ghostline(R).

For 65 years, Carolina Pad & Paper has demonstrated its commitment to quality. The company's top customers depend on its fashion expertise, innovative product formats, and extensive capabilities to deliver products that appeal to female consumers of all ages. http://www.jackiemcfee.com

Contact: Andrea Greif

914.821.8958

andrea.greif@lls.org

Sarah Churchill

415-640-2730

sarah@jackiemcfee.com


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