Saturday, January 19, 2013

Donation/Mini Raffle for C4YW Conference!

Hi Guuuys :)

Last year I was consumed with raising money to be able to do the 3 day Komen walk and I was blown away at how fast and generous everyone was! Within a few short months I was over my goal of $2300 and raised $3000 to be able to walk one month after surgery and to donate the money for research and helping others...
So A BIG lovely Thank YOU for anyone who supported!
I'm not sure if i'm going to take on the walk again this year - I am thinking of maybe scaling it back and volunteering instead since I will have a huge surgery to recover from but we'll see. 

Anyhow, this post is about a short mini goal I am trying to reach on my own. I know I posted about this on fb, but I thought that wasn't really a clear way to explain it so I decided to do a short post about it!

In Feb (next month) there is a wonderful conference in Bellevue, WA. that I really want to attend. It is sponsored by the C4YW ( or Conference for Young Women) ('s basically a short weekend to be able to meet other breast cancer survivors, stay at the hotel there and attend all these wonderful workshops dealing with recovery and cancer health and basically introducing resources that us gals with breast cancer can learn about and incorporate in our lives. 
I haven't announced this before, but I am also a blogger for their website ( working on my intro blog) and I got ask to blog about the event as well which is super exciting for me...Since I ramble. A LOT. There's also all these other fun on camera events I might be apart of! My boobies are gonna make me famous LOL!

I want to explain that I DID get approved for a partial travel grant- which equals to about $350- which is awesome, ( and I tried applying for a bigger grant that has a bigger travel expense but waiting to hear back from them this week)  but unfortunately for both grants,  it has to be reimbursed months later. This would be fine if I had a job, but this is difficult for me since  I have been struggling looking for a full time job while trying to maintain my health insurance WHILE waiting for surgery. My unemployment also unexpectedly ended as of Dec, so trying to save and find the funding (while living on my own ) to go has been challenging. The flight is not cheap and although the hotel is at a discounted rate, I still have to book that as well. 

But.... I will try my best to kind of raise some money of my own in the short month I have! Always gotta think positively in any circumstance! :)

Anyhow, to make a long story short, I would appreciate any donations big or small. I hate asking for donations esp- personal ones but this is something that is important to me and if you can help I will forever love you! :)  I mainly want to raise enough for the travel and the hotel expenses ( that is my main focus) so if I could even raise $500 it would be amazing! Anything I raise over my travel expense amount, I will donate to a breast cancer organization of my choice! I have saved some spending money for this!

I decided I am going to do a mini raffle as incentive to donate . The lovely Stephanie donated 2 beautiful pink necklaces she made for me last year - these were supposed to be used in raising money for the Komen walk, but since I made the goal, I kept these aside for a rainy day!

For every $5 ( I stole this idea from Jim Roller's Blanket auction for the walk this year and thought it was great!) you donate , I will put your name in for both of these necklaces and next month, I will draw out the names and send it out to the 2 winners. If you are not in the area, I will ship it to you free of cost.... don't you worry :)

So $5= 1 entry, $10= 2 entries etc. $15= 3 entries, etc! Donate away!!!

Here are the pictures of the pretty necklaces, both are on leather cords and have genuine stones. One has cute little silver balls ( yes I just typed that out loud) and the other one has a dangly design.  Both will come with the cute pink pouch and an extra special SURPRISE gift from me :)

Steph is an amazing designer so please check out her store on etsy as well (VivalastephieDesigns)- everything she makes is handmade and one of a kind- only using real stones!!! If these go over well, I will buy another one of her pieces for the raffle!

I may add more things to the raffle later, (thinking about a gift card for a restaurant for the non jewelry lovers) but thought these necklaces would make any girl happy...
a sister, a gf, a wife, just as a gift, whatever your heart desires. 

To donate, please click on the donate button below and it will take you to my direct paypal donation page!

Thank You So Much! And Good Luck in the Raffle! 
And as  always, thanks for always supporting me! I'm a lucky girl...Hopefully I'll see WA soon :)