Friday, October 30, 2009

A Special Give-Away ... Give-Away

Did you know that this month is National Breast Cancer Awareness month? It's actually more than that. This month is the 25th anniversary that, as a nation, we have recognized October as the month to remember those lost, honor those who have survived and reiterate a commitment to finding a cure of breast cancer. I'm sure I would be hard pressed to find an individual who hadn't been affected by this disease. In honor of those who have contracted breast cancer and their caregivers and supporters, I am hosting an impromptu party and giving away this perfectly pink tote, named "It's a Party!"

Come join us for a celebration of life and love. In the title of this post it lists this contest as a "Give-Away ... Give-Away." That's because this contest is going to be a little different. You will still be submitting your name for a drawing via a comment below, but the lucky winner will have this tote sent to a person of his/her choosing. (Yes men, too, are encouraged to enter this contest for a special woman in his life.) That's why I say it's a "Give-Away" (from me to you) "Give-Away" (from you to someone of your choosing). When the winner is announced, I will acquire the address of the intended recipient from the winner and send it directly to that person with a note from the winner!

Here's where you come in. Most of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer - whether the person has lived with the disease themselves or been a caregiver or supporter of one. It's a tough job to work your way to a healthier self when you've had cancer, but it is also challenging to be a caregiver or supporter of a loved one or close friend who has the disease. All are deserving of our support. Your job is to think of someone you know who has been affected by this disease and nominate them to receive this Hang Up if you should win. Please give us a little insight into what makes this person extra special to you. If, by chance, you are a breast cancer survivor, then by all means nominate yourself!

Here are the specifics of the contest...
  • Make a comment below and your name will be submitted into the contest.
  • Put a shout-out on your blog, by noon Friday, November 6th, and your name will be added two more times. (Make sure you let me know in an additional comment that you have posted a shout out.) Please spread the word.
  • In your comment, please mention the first name of the person and your relationship to the intended recipient should you win the drawing. Also, please give us a little insight as to why you admire this person. If you are a breast cancer survivor, then nominate yourself!
  • The recipient of this tote must live in the continental U.S. or Canada. (I will provide postage.)
  • Although each contestant can only nominate one person, the same person can be nominated more than once.
  • No anonymous comments. Please leave an email address or blog that I can visit. Private bloggers must leave their email address. If I don't have any way to contact you, your name will not be eligible.
This contest will run until midnight on Sunday, November 8. The winner of the contest will be announced the next morning.

In memory of Dianne
&
in honor of her daughter (and mine)

48 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

Suzanne...this tote is gorgeous. I've put a shout out on my blog for your give away. Bless you.

MiaKatia said...

Thank you.

Stacey said...

My co-worker Karen. She has struggled with breast cancer before and is currently walking through it again. She is such an inspiration...always positive. She's amazing!
staceal@gmail.com

LyndaG said...

I would have the bag sent to my cousin, Tamara for her to present to her mother Pat who is a two-year survivor... as a tangible reminder of the 60 mile walk for the cure that Tamara participated in this October for her mother. I will put a 'shout out' on my blog.

Kim said...

I have a sister-in-law who is now in year 8 as a survivor. Yay! Thank you for doing this story in memory and in support of all those affected by breast cancer. There are so many!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful Give-Away Give-Away! I too have posted about breast cancer on my blog and will definitely spread the word about your bag. :-)

onlymehere said...

My daughter-in-law's grandmother is a survivor of breast cancer. They just featured her in our local paper for being about a 10-year survivor. She's quite a vivacious woman and we got to know her well through her business and our daughter-in-law. onlymehere at comcast dot net

Millie said...

The purse is just gorgeous! I know how hard it is to loose a friend or family member to cancer. My best friend a survivor of breast cancer.

Elin Synnøve said...

"Sisters are like angels,
they lift us up
to our own feet
when our own wings
have trouble remembering
how to fly"
I found this posted on Breastcancer.org Discussion Boards; topic: Life's a beach!:
"Hoping you will join me here where there is nothing to do but offer love, friendship, support and fun to each other. This journey is a tough one ... let's hold each other up, laugh when we can, cry when we need to, find hope, courage, strength and love with the help of one another. Fun and laughter is important .. it's good for the soul and it's Great medicine! Looking forward to seeing good friends and meeting new ones!
Angel kisses and hugs, Charlene"
Beautiful said and the right recipe for an good caring friend, I think.
I couldn't wait to get my last cancer treatment behind me so I could begin living a full, fun life again. Sure a cancer battle changes us forever and we have a new normal, but no reason for that to be a bad change or a bad normal! I want to live my life to the fullest. We can wallow in self pity and misery or we can CHOOSE to make the most of the hand we are dealt. Is life a bitch or is life a beach? Is the glass half empty or half full?
Having said all that, I admit to still waking up at times scared "it" could come back. I usually just calmly tell myself that worrying about it isn't gonna change the outcome. Until someone tells me differently, I do not HAVE cancer, I HAD it.
Of course I worrying about my three daughters; are they going to experience what I did? But then I think; they will be followed up by all sorts of doctors and people with plenty of resources.
Just like the hot flashes from Tamoxifen got on my nerves at first, now it's just a little annoying.
Yep, everything seems to turn out right.
Hopefully for everybody :-)
I want to nominate my youngest daughter Gunhild for this beautiful giveaway. She was my great support during my treatment. Women can be beautiful also without breasts, she says to me often. I feel great being with her; SHE IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL. And only 16 years old ..... :-)
Take care! Hugs from Elin S in Norway

I will post about your giveaway on my blog:
http://elinskreativeside.blogspot.com

SewCalGal said...

Delightful bag and giveaway. Please count me in.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Jan said...

What a wonderful idea. I have a good friend who has dealt with this and I would give this to her (with a little jealousy -- because I love it - but I will do it!) She deserves it.

Lisa said...

Suzanne,

I have just posted about your give away on my blog. Should I win, I would give the bag to my dear friend of over 30 years, Barbara who is a one year survivor. She is an inspiration to the strength we don't know we have. She created something positive out of her ordeal, creating Kare Chiefs with proceeds going to cancer research. Stop by my blog to see a post I have dedicated to Kare Chiefs! :-)

Lisa
sunnaturalsandgifts.blogspot.com

Melody said...

I like the new design!!!!!

Barb said...

I will put a post on my sidebar...this is awesome what you are doing.

I have a friend, very dear friend since high school. I was very close to her mother as well...her mom is the one that inspired me to quilt. Her mom loved my children as her own....well...her mom died of breast cancer about 18 years ago but....my friend, Teresa found out she had breast cancer about 3 yeas ago. They found it in the first stages and she goes every six months to get check ups.

Annie of Blue Gables said...

I have a friend, Jessica whose sister Rochelle is fighting breast cancer at this very moment. Jessica has organized a group of her fellow pottery throwers who all donated pots towards an auction which will be held in November for Ro's sake. Ro has a great attitude and is trying to continue on with life and be positive. She is eating healthy and seems like such a sweet trouper.
Sometimes it is almost harder for the sister of a cancer victim than the the actual patient. The siblings feel so helpless. My daughter had Hodgkin's disease and her sisters confessed later that they really felt lost during the whole thing, because I put all my efforts into maintaining the sick one and they got neglected. One turned to an eating disorder (she told me many years later) in order to have something she was in control of. So my heart goes out to anyone like that. Here's to you Jessica and Ro. If I win, I may have to ask you to make a second one that I will buy so both sisters get a hangup.
~a

Michelle said...

Suzanne, Came over from Quilt Hollow. Love your bags they are all beautiful. Have you stoped by my site, I'm wondering? If not please come by and say hello!

Needled Mom said...

Has it really been 25 years since October was given the designation? Oh my goodness.

The tote is gorgeous, but the reason for the giveaway is nothing less that fabulous. All of us have been touched in some way by this horrid disease.

I would like to acknowledge my friend who like so many others has fought this battle. It changes everything.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a beautiful tribute to those who have walked the challenge of breast cancer. I would like to nominate Carlee. She is the 30 year old daughter of my BFF. Carlee discovered that she had breast cancer while she was expecting her 5th baby. She has undergone chemo, and is scheduled to have a double mastectomy on Dec 4th. After that there will be radiation treatments. Carlee continues to wear a smile on her face, as she is trusting God in this life altering situation. Carlee has been such a positive influence on my own daughter's life, and to many more. I would just ask for those who care to, please remember Carlee in prayer as she undergoes this huge operation next month. Thank you for such a thoughtful giveaway-giveaway.

blushing rose said...

I ask that the purse be sent to Shauna who is being treated for cancer, as we speak. She can be reached thru the button on my blog.

Have a BOO-tea-FuLl Halloween. TTFN ~Marydon (blushingroseboutique.blogspot.com)

** Watch for huge giveaways that start tomorrow for several weeks.

Fiesta said...

My Aunt Belen is a breast cancer survivor. I admire her because it ate her up completely but she has been strong and thanks God every day for every breath,.

Nancy said...

Hi Sis! I would give it to my friend Lynn. She survived breast cancer but two of her children succumbed to a difficult disease which was complicated by cancer.

CrochetnQuilt said...

I would give the bag to a dear friend, Judy, who is a survivor. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Julia said...

Suzanne..i would give it my Daughter's best friend, who only just two weeks ago had to have a mastectomy, as a 4.5 cm lump was found on her.
She's a single Mum, struggling to work and support her daughter of 14 years old..
My DD is supporting her,helping around the house and doing her shopping etc...
Julia ♥

Kristine said...

Wow its neat hearing all the nominations and stories from different people. If I were lucky enough to win, I would give the tote to a beautiful friend and prior co-worker named Gloria. I'm not sure how many years she is a survivor now, but she did end up losing one breast from cancer and I know she is a huge advocate of Breast Cancer Awareness. These fighting women are amazing to me. They have so much determination, strength, and love.

Loves to Gloria :)

Kristine said...

Shout out given :) I hope you get tons and tons of entries on this one!

Dotty Jane said...

This is a wonderful giveaway for a worthy cause. I would choose to have my sister-in-law, Dianne, receive this beautiful bag. She just finished chemo and has hopefully seen the end of this cancer.
I've included this in my blog for today!

http://dottyjanedesigns.blogspot.com/2009/11/pair-of-giveaways.html

Kaye said...

I would like to nominate my Sister Pat for your lovely award. Our Mom had Breast Cancer and all 4 of us Sisters were affected by it, but Mom lived with Pat. She was raising her own 4 kids, took care of children during the day and Mom at the same time. It was very difficult at times but she seldom complained. It was difficult for Pat but she above all of us helped make Moms last months a little easier

moramargaritaster said...

Thanks and great tribute to Breast Cancer.

Sapphire Stitches said...

An absolute beauty. I also lost a dear friend, quilter, embroiderer, to breast cancer four years ago. It has changed me forever.

Joyce said...

I love your "Hang Up" so cute! It would look really good at my house! Thanks for the chance to win it.

Renee said...

Suzanne, what a beautiful idea and what a beautiful bag! My grandmother and my aunt both had breast cancer and both passed away, so I don't have anyone to give the bag to, but I love this post and just wanted to comment to support you. You're a neat lady.

Keegan said...

What a beautiful thing to do. I had 2 great aunts that died from breast cancer. I have survived cancer myself and know how it feels to beat the odds. Keep up the support

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very sweet of you to do this give away. Actually, I am a 22 year breast cancer survivor! I am here because of my children and all the people who prayed for me.

Casey said...

This is a fabulous giveaway! I would send this to my friend Amy, she definitely deserves to receive something beautiful like this

Just Rhonda said...

My BIL and SIL lost their mother (and mother in law) to Breast Cancer just under a year ago. I'd nominate my SIL Lindsay!!!

Rachel said...

Entering for my grandmother, Inga, who is a breast cancer survivor. She is amazing!!

Love 2 Quilt said...

This is a wonderful give away....give away. I would like to enter a member of my quilt guild. She has been so strong thru all her treatments. We all pink blocks for her and put a quilt together for her to take with her on treatment days.

Kim -today's creative blog said...

thanks for linking.

Anonymous said...

Hi Suzanne, I would love to nominate my mother-law Kay Johnson, she just found out this past Aug. that she has breast cancer. She is the most amazing mother-law, she's also been a wonderful grandma to all her grandkids. I love her so much.

Omgirl said...

My grandmother, Hildegard, died before young of breast cancer. I never got to meet her. So a few months ago when my just barely older cousin, Rosemary, was diagnosed with breast cancer, all the girl cousins got scared. Was it genetic? Were we all likely to get it soon? But Rose's cancer is environmental it turns out. Lucky for us, not for her. She is bravely fighting this, though, with all her family's love and support. They caught it early. Rose...You Go Girl!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

My very best friend who I knew from childhood died at 39. She left behind two beautiful young girls. I still haven't gotten over it. I can't tell you how many we've lost just in our area. A bunch of women, about 20 of us, in the neighborhood were able to raise 72,000.00 the other year. I am amongst many breast cancer survivors too. Such a dreadful disease! Thanks for making a difference!

Jennifer said...

I would send this to my MIL who is a cancer survivor! She still struggles with it daily but some days are better than others and this would give her a definite 'pick me up' on those not-so-great days.

Carol in E TN said...

My favorite cousin is a breast cancer survivor and I would be trilled to be able to have her receive this bag. She is always so positive and a joy to be with.

Carol in E TN said...

I also posted on my blog about your giveaway! What a nice idea!

Francy said...

What a wonderful idea.

I nominate Debbie. This past June she passed the 10th year anni. as a suvivor of breast cancer.

Debbie is the kindest most giving person I have ever known. She would love to have this tote.

Jessie said...

My mother-in-law had two sisters who died from breast cancer, and one who had it, but recovered. She used to be in a singing group with her 3 sisters. I know she misses them terribly to this day. She is so strong and a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister, and grandmother.

The Duke Family said...

Great give away. Count me in

Sandra Davidson said...

Hi What a beautiful bag my daughter would adore it. She had just lost her baby at 28 weeks and was under going a very difficult time and a couple of months later I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. When I should have supported her she was there for me as I was going through everything.She has since had another preg and had to spend 5 months in hospital to deliver this little guy safely. She is a wonderful mom and daughter and I wouldn't have done as well without her support. Sandra Davidson sandid71@hotmail.com