Designed to Help Find a Cure

Designed to Help Find a Cure

Jacob Riley-Wasserman, Star-Spangled Spatula (red nylon resin, 12 x 3 x .25")

When he was a student at RISD, furniture designer Jacob Riley-Wasserman 12 FDwas working on making an outdoor grill when he designed “a companion piece” for it: a spatula that looks like the American flag. A year after graduation, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and in January of this year died of the disease at age 25.

Yesterday, as part of its Fourth of July coverage, the TODAY show ran a four-minute segment on the legacy of Riley-Wasserman’s Star-Spangled Spatula. As his parents explain in the interview, their son handled the disease with remarkable grace and resolved to do what he could to help fund cancer research through sales of the spatula, which hit the market in 2014.

Available in a classic walnut and stainless steel or four colors of nylon resin, the spatulas are sold through Flip for Cancer, with all proceeds going to support research to find a cure.

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