I had the unique opportunity to work with Pistons forward Kyle Singler and wounded soldier Eric Lund through the nonprofit group Fashion Has Heart. Lund was serving in Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, causing it to flip over. He was pinned underneath, and suffered numerous severe injuries that included the loss of both arms.
The blue wave-like motion within his design represents defying the odds in learning how to surf, while the red stands for the stripes on the U.S. flag. The fluidity of the design signifies the journey Lund faces on a daily basis, while the olive branches signify the victory he works toward and the reward of peace it brings him. The dot within the “V” is the “faith of a mustard seed” he and his family clung onto in the darkest hours. Each star symbolizes an arm lost while the “A” above is a reminder that May 20th was really his “alive day” in his new life where nothing goes unappreciated.