Tributes pour in as woman who built multimillion-dollar haircare brand while battling breast cancer dies

Beauty entrepreneur Chris-Tia Donaldson has handed away aged 42 at her residence in Chicago. Prior to her demise on Saturday, Donaldson had been battling breast cancer, a narrative she brazenly shared. She even wrote a ebook about her cancer standing and what the struggle taught her.

Donaldson based haircare brand Thank God It’s Natural, additionally identified as TGIN in 2011. Her shampoos, conditioners and extra could be discovered on retailer cabinets in Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Sally’s Beauty and Walgreens. She additionally launched TGIN Foundation, a nonprofit group that helps uninsured girls present process breast cancer remedy.

“TGIN and the TGIN Foundation has misplaced a frontrunner and a visionary and the world has misplaced a selfless and exquisite human being,” Donaldson’s niece and finance and HR supervisor, Aris Singleton Singleton, wrote on social media.

“Chris-Tia lived a lifetime of service and was a power to be reckoned with inside and outdoors of the sweetness group. Through her ardour and function, she redefined magnificence and created a group of ladies empowerment educating us the significance of advocating for ourselves, particularly our well being,” Singleton continued.

“The total TGIN household mourns the large loss. No phrases can adequately categorical that unhappiness or the love we’ve for her.”

Before beginning TGIN, Donaldson represented Fortune 500 firms in advanced enterprise transactions involving expertise and open-source code. In 2015, she was recognized with breast cancer. It was throughout the remedy of her cancer that she realized that individuals with out cash couldn’t endure cancer remedy.

In this regard, she established the TGIN Foundation that’s supporting uninsured girls battling breast cancer while empowering girls to be one of the best model of themselves.

Donaldson earned her A.B. in Economics from Harvard University with excessive honors. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the founding president of the Harvard Black Alumni Society. She labored full-time as an legal professional when she launched TGIN in 2011.

Her first main success got here in 2015 when her brand reached the cabinets of 250 Target shops nationwide, the identical 12 months she was recognized with cancer. TGIN is right this moment a multimillion-dollar brand.

Emotional tributes have poured in after information of Donaldson’s dying. “She was such a light-weight,” wrote Cashmere Nicole of Beauty Bakerie, who is a breast cancer survivor. “Carried herself with a lot grace and concern for others. May God be with you all throughout this time. We will miss Chris-Tia tremendously.”

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