Odyssey Media would like to congratulate Ty Wongus, winner of one of our most recent contests. At Odyssey, we aim to promote and support minority female-owned companies and as the winner, Ty will be receiving an amazing ring light and webcam kit to assist her in growing her business.
According to the National Cancer Institute, "39.5% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes." That's an alarming percentage, and yet despite the large numbers, this demographic's needs are still underserved in many ways. This is what led Ty Wongus to start Portlife Tshirts. A patient who is in her second battle with cancer, Ty experienced first hand the difficulties of dealing with the disease, and the need for apparel that helped her and those like her, maintain their dignity and privacy while undergoing treatment.
Portlife Tshirts are designed with a zipper enclosed opening for cancer patients with chest ports. This allows patients to grant access for medical procedures without having to expose themselves unnecessarily.
When asked how she came up with the idea, Ty recounted a time when she was at the doctor getting blood work done. While wearing her customary t-shirt, she removed one arm to allow access to her port, exposing her arm and her breast area. While this alone made her feel uncomfortable, the last straw was another lady who was walking by at the time who commented on liking Ty's tattoo. Ty knew there had to be a better way. After searching for options, she realized there were none, and thus Portlife Tshirts was born.
Though she is new to owning a business, Ty is a fast learner who sees the need for her product, and won't stop until she "sees Portlife Tshirts in every hospital gift shop and on every oncologist's desk." She wants her product to become a household name, and won't rest until every cancer patient is wearing a Portlife shirt.
When asked about the future, Ty is optimistic. She plans on continuing to grow her business and hopes to reach a point where she can give back philanthropically. She hopes to expand to include products for patients with a PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central-line Catheter) line and even go bags.
When asked how winning the webcam and ring light will help her in her business, Ty said that the timing was perfect, as she recently decided to use YouTube as a marketing channel. In her own words, she intends to "record my journey as I build this multi-million dollar business."