The name Ashanse was derived from a combination of Dr. Sheryl Walters Malcolm’s daughters, her husband and herself (ASHley, BriANna, Sheryl, Everton), and here is the story about how the company came into being.
Dr. Sheryl Walters Malcolm was a business professor, when at the age of 43, she was diagnosed with nemaline myopathy, a rare neurological condition that results in weakened proximal, respiratory, neck and facial muscles. The effects are usually visible at birth. The condition is even more rare when it occurs in adults when, more specifically, is named sporadic late onset nemaline myopathy, or SLONM. Following the diagnosis, Sheryl’s conditioned worsened, she spent a significant time in hospitals, and almost lost her life on more than one occasion.
After several hits and misses, Sheryl’s condition finally stabilized. Thankfully she is at home, but she is unable to walk, rise from a seated position, has a trachea attached to a machine to help her breathe, and requires assistance with just about everything.
Sheryl lost her job as a professor, and since she requires 24-hour care, her husband cannot work as he has to care for her. Additionally, given her physical disabilities, she had limited options for meaningful employment. With a small disability income as the only source of income in the family, her family experienced financial hardship.
Her younger daughter Ashley,14 years at the time, expressed an interest in sewing and started making pillow covers. Ashley’s creations were beautiful and she sold them to family and friends. Recognizing this as an opportunity, Sheryl developed a business plan and Ashanse was founded.
Ashanse’s mission is to provide beautifully designed handcrafted, custom, and unique products for our customers. A critical component of Ashanse’s overall mission is the incorporation of a social component. Thus, Ashanse donates 10% of sales to charitable organizations that support disabled individuals. We strongly believe that to whom much is given, much is required and are committed to using this platform to support those in need.