Monday, May 11, 2009

10% of profits going to Cancer org

I had planned on beginning this new program in June, but them realized that there was no reason why I couldn't start it right away.

Some dear friends of ours really inspired this. I had planned on finding an organization that worked with my type of cancer, but that doesn't exist and it felt very selfish. So, the story behind this? Dear friends of ours have a little girl who was diagnosed very early with a type of childhood leukemia that has no real cure. They didn't have a lot of money so they began with the normal types of treatments that the husband's insurance would cover. Then he lost his job, and they found out that she was pregnant. So things got tight, and scary, and their main concern was how could they afford the treatments for their child, and how could they do that and bring another child into the world and support them? So they made a lot of personal sacrifices, asked for donations, did some fundraising, everything they could think of and it helped, a little but not nearly enough. Then came some good news, there was a new treatment that involved stem-cells but their insurance wouldn't cover it. So they went into further debt trying to get their child into this program. Now it is years later and while their daughter is in remission their debts are still looming over their heads, preventing them from being ready for the next time, preventing them from doing a lot of the things they should be doing as a family.

It is because of this that I went looking for an organization where I could donate specifically with the intention that my donations would go to families like theirs, to help them, relieve some of the stress and pressure so they can focus on their children and their fight.

So, as of May 1st, 10% of every purchase will be donated to the Candlelighters Organization and ear-marked for supporting the families financially. Check them out!

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