Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Fundraiser to help Figs with Bri Beat Cancer

It was very recently that I began reading Briana's blog, Figs with Bri. So recently, in fact, that I haven't even added it to my blog-roll yet (that changes today). So I learned more about the site and the woman behind it from reading about this fundraiser than anything else. Check out Bri's website and make a donation below, or participate in the raffle and the photography contest.

This is an appeal on behalf of a group of food bloggers who are friends of Briana Brownlow @ Figs With Bri. Bri was diagnosed with breast cancer two and half years ago. A mastectomy, chemotherapy and two years of relatively good health later, the cancer is back. It has metastasized to other parts of her body. At the age of 15, Bri lost her 41-year old mother to the disease. Now, she’s waging her own war against breast cancer. More about it here.

She is going through intensive chemo and other treatments and needs to focus single-mindedly on healing and finding what treatment works best for her. Her health insurance, unfortunately, does not cover holistic alternatives which she would like to try. Bri and her husband Marc have enough on their plates right now in addition to worrying about her medical bills.

The team organising the JUNE edition of CLICK at Jugalbandi has organised a fundraiser to help Bri and her family meet her out-of-pocket medical costs for ONE YEAR.

CLICK is a monthly theme-based photography contest hosted by Jugalbandi. This month’s theme is: YELLOW for Bri

Yellow is the colour of hope. Through the work of the LiveStrong Foundation, it has also come to signify the fight against cancer.

The entries can be viewed HERE. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2008. The fundraiser will extend until July 15, 2008.

The target amount is 12,000 U.S. dollars. We appeal to our fellow bloggers and readers to help us achieve this. Bri deserves a chance to explore all options, even if her insurance company thinks otherwise. There’s a raffle with exciting prizes on offer. After viewing the list, you may make your donation HERE or at the Chip-In button on any participating site.

Your donation can be made securely through credit card or Pay Pal and goes directly to Bri’s account. This month’s photo contest also has some prizes. Details HERE. You can support this campaign by donating to the fundraiser, by participating in CLICK: the photo event, and by publicising this campaign.

No one should have to worry about bills while fighting cancer. Unfortunately that is the reality that many people face every year. Lets help Bri so she can put her energy into beating cancer and exploring all the options available. Go Bri!


Bri said...

Thanks so much for your loving support, Lyra. I am deeply grateful for well-wishes coming in from all over the world.

bee said...

thank you so much for your support, dear lyra.

Lyra said...

I grew up in a very small place, so now that I live in the middle of a big (for me) east coast city, it is nice to see signs of community wherever they may be. It is wonderful that internet connections have formed strong cyber-communities that actually help each other out and I'm honored to be a part of that growing movement.