I'd like you to meet my friend Bella! She is an adorable tiny not-quite-nine-year-old who has had quite the journey--may I tell you her story? Born prematurely and weighing only four pounds, Bella was in and out of hospitals all throughout the first six years of her life wth a laundry list of conditions and disorders, enduring eight major surgeries including open heart surgery. Because of multiple medical issues, Bella never learned to eat, and takes in all her nutrition through a g-tube. You can't keep Bella down, though, and she is a fiesty little sister and a sweet and sassy girlfriend with a dazzlin' smile!
Sadly, our little fighter friend was ultimately diagnosed with a rare, terminal illness called Fanconi Anemia. FA life expectancy is in the mid twenties due to bone marrow failure and a high incidence of leukemia and other cancers.
Bella's mom, my friend and former Stampin' Up team member Stephanie, has dedicated her life to raising funds for Fanconi Anemia research. A tireless fundraiser, Stephanie runs a More Birthdays for Bella Facebook page as well as a CaringBridge site where you can keep updated on Bella's story and read about ways you can help us find answers and ultimately discover a cure for Fanconi Anemia.
I wanted to help my little friend Bella, who is the same age as my daughter Natalie. I knew once you'd met Bella you'd want to help out, too, so I'm providing a fun and easy opportunity for you to do so!
One complete set of Stampin' Up's new Firm Foam ink pads
38 Colors in all, brand new individually wrapped pads
All together over $200 retail value!!!!
Complete boxed set of Regals, Neutrals, Subtles and Brights
Bid between now and April 24th, 2013 at midnight CST
Highest bidder will win the pads plus free shipping anywhere in the U.S.
Silent Auction bidding by email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Line: More Birthdays for Bella
Current High Bid: $125.00
Please include your full name and contact info with your bid. You will be notified if you are outbid so that you can bid again if you are able to.
What other ways can I help?
Stephanie is an avid scrapbooker, using it as therapy and stress release. If you'd like to place a Stampin' Up order and have my entire demontrator's income donated to the cause, as well as generating hostess dollars for Stephanie to use to purchase supplies for memory albums for Bella and her two big sisters, please do so by shopping online here with the special event code: QSXPYW7S
Your order will be shipped directly to your door in about one week, and you will receive a handmade thank you card from me and Bella in the mail!
You can also donate easily via PayPal through email@example.com with the message More Birthdays for Bella. Please note if you would like your contribution to remain anonymous. If an address is provided, you will receive a thank you card from me and Bella in the next few weeks.
100% of funds received, order profits,
and the winning bid will be donated to Fanconi Anemia research!
Thank you for your help!
Live locally? Visit this Facebook page to read about a local fundraiser event for kids on May 19th!