The Silent Auction for Katie is now complete! The auction took place on Friday, March 19 - Sunday, March 21. A huge thanks goes out to our generous sponsors who donated such amazing items, and to each and every bidder who participated! Now let's all walk away REAL WINNERS by donating our bid amounts directly to Katie to help pay for her medical care. After all, that's why we're all here in the first place!

Learn about our incredible Sponsors by reading our "Sponsor Spotlight" series, with interviews and insights into these unique artisan's work! We encourage you to support their shops.

Be sure to read more about Katie's inspiring story in her fight against cancer on the right hand column below. And follow our blog for updates... there's more to come!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Donations for Katie - Lending a Helping Hand

Hi and welcome to Donations for Katie! This blog is still under construction, but we're glad you stopped by.

This is a joint project among friends to help someone in need - our friend Katie, who was diagnosed with lymphoma over a year ago. Katie's story is so touching, and her courage and strength of spirit through this trial are inspiring. We know Katie's gonna beat this, and we just want to help her along the way. With medical bills and the cost of medication always on the rise, our goal is to raise as much money as we can to help her small family cope with the expense of fighting cancer. The cost of these treatments is staggering. One single shot of a life-saving immune booster costs $1,200. Katie is supposed to get them regularly, but can't because of the expense. Then there is the oral chemo element to her treatment, which alone will cost another $29,000-$57,000 a year.

One way we aim to help is with a huge silent auction. If you're the owner of a company (or a crafter) and would like to donate products for this auction, we would LOVE to hear from you! Not only is this a worthy cause in and of itself, but to thank you for your support we're also going to do our best to promote our generous sponsors like crazy! If you're interested in submitting something for the auction, please send an email to

Please follow our blog and keep an eye out for updates and auction information! We've already got some amazing things lined up that you won't want to miss.

Want to make a monetary donation right now to help Katie's cause? We encourage you to do so using the paypal button below.