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!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Silky floral flower clip -- cream - from Black Dahlia Designs
Winners will be emailed a confirmation. After receiving your confirmation email, please pay the winning bid amount directly to Katie's paypal account using the button below, and forward your paypal receipt to us via email. Once we receive your receipt, the sponsor who donated your item will get in contact with you to send it your way!
This has been an INCREDIBLE event!! Thank you so much to everyone for participating. Let's all walk away REAL WINNERS by donating our bid amounts for the items we didn't win to Katie to help her pay for her medical care... after all, that's why we're all here in the first place!
-The bidding will take place in the comments of the post for each item.
-Leave a comment for the item you'd like to bid on. Please bid in whole dollar increments.
-You may bid anonymously if you don't have a google account, but please leave your email address so we can contact you if you win. All bids MUST contain a way for us to contact you in order to be valid.
-International bidders are welcome!
-At the close of the auction, we will contact the winners. The winners will pay the amount of their winning bid directly to Katie's Paypal account, and will then forward their paypal receipts to us.
-After we receive the paypal receipt, the sponsor will send the item to the winning bidder.
-Thanks for participating and good luck bidding!
A Story of Inspiration and Hope
Katie was diagnosed with lymphoma over a year ago. Rather than let it overtake her, Katie has refused to let cancer control her life. She's chosen to fight it with a strength and determination that is inspiring.
Unwilling to let it change her life, Katie still travels, spends time with friends and family, works, and lives the most normal life possible under the circumstances. When she learned that cropping off her beautiful, long hair would give her a better chance of keeping some of it, she only thought for a moment before cheerfully going to the hairdresser to have 16 inches of hair cut off and donated to Locks of Love. Rather than mourn the loss, she turned it into a positive and generous event. That's Katie.
Instead of letting it get her down, Katie will take a chemo treatment and then head off to a weekend with friends if she wants to. Whether it's spending time on one of her creative endeavors or dragging a friend onto the dance floor (literally!), she's just not going to let this cancer slow her down. It's amazing to watch.
Katie's husband is a musician and Katie is a freelance artist. Medical bills are piling up, and the cost of medicine alone is overwhelming. One single shot of a life-saving immune booster (boosts white blood cells) costs $1,200. Katie is supposed to get them regularly, but can't - the financial cost is too great. The oral chemo element of her treatment by itself costs their family anywhere from $29,000-$57,000 per year.
We don't want Katie and her husband to have to choose between medicine and other vital needs like groceries. The financial cost of fighting this cancer is beyond what any family could handle alone, so a group of friends are stepping in to help.
The basic concept of our event is to hold a huge silent auction on Katie's behalf. 100% of the money donated will go directly to Katie and will help pay for her medical treatment.
We hope you'll join us in supporting this amazing woman! Please follow our blog for updates on the upcoming auction, as well as Sponsor Spotlights to learn a little more about the artists behind the items we'll auction off. Want to do something right now to help? Add our button to your blog and consider making a donation today to Katie. She needs all the help she can get.