Monday, August 9, 2010

Crafting for a cause

Looking for my blog-iversary giveaway? See the next post... but please read here first! Thank you.

I have talked about this a couple other times but I am currently raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a member of Team In Training. As part of my training for the Nike Women's Marathon on October 17th, I pledged to raise $3500 for this great organization and their mission. They provide support for patients and their families, as well as research for new treatments and to find a cure for blood cancers. A cure for blood cancers could mean a cure for ALL cancers.

While this is a cause near and dear to my heart, it really hit home for me again recently. Our coordinator, who lost her husband 11 years ago to cancer, was just diagnosed with breast cancer herself. Ironically, her husband was a scientist who worked on the early stages of a cancer treatment drug that probably would have saved his life. Here is a woman who spends her days helping those and their families battle cancer, assisting people like me with their fundraising, and coordinating recruiting new participants, travel plans for our races and basically working her butt off. And her response "I'll be fine" and somewhere in there she also reminded all of us to get our yearly exams too. My 12 mile hill run {yes, I said 12 miles and hills together} on Saturday morning was dedicated to her and others that have been recently diagnosed.

Now you don't have to get up at 4am and do a 20 mile training run, I'll do that for you. There are too many children and adults out there going through their own marathons - with cancer treatment. I want to help these people but I need your help to do that.

As part of my fundraising for LLS, I am raffling off two quilts I've made, pictured above & below. Both a lap quilt-sized, with the Land & Sea (blue & green) measuring approx 46" x 52" and the Raspberry Limeade (pink & green) measuring approx 42" x 60". Every $10 donated to this cause gets you 1 raffle entry, and each $50 gets you an additional entry. Example: donate $30, get 3 entries; donate $50, get 6 entries; and donate $100, get 12 entries. Winners for each quilt will be drawn at random August 25th.

Make your tax-deductible, secure online donation here:

AND you get an extra TWO entries for each friend that you refer to this raffle that makes a donation. Have your friend put your name in the "additional comments" section on the donation page or email me at

Thank you for your support!


traceyjay said...

I made a $10 donation Jennifer! Good luck! :)

Pam said...

My favorite part of summer is the long evenings :)

Pam said...

I'm a follower!

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Bree said...

beautiful quilts, and an excellent cause :)