Janine of Athena's Armoury, a dear and talented fellow Fantasy Artist of Etsy, has embarked on quite a noble journey - she'll be walking 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event to fight breast cancer. In addition to training to achieve such a feat, she must fundraise $2,300 for the cause. Janine has invoked her inner warrior and is already 67% of the way to that goal! She's designing a Pink Warrior Chain Maille Collection using pink anodized aluminum jump rings donated from Blue Buddha Boutique. She's also organized a handmade raffle, of which I am proud to be a part of.
I donated a 4x5" print, double matted to 5x7", of my breast cancer awareness fairy, Aware. For those not familiar with this piece, it's inspired by my mom, a survivor of more than 10 years. The lump was discovered in her breast back in 1994, but was misdiagnosed as benign until six months later. I was in 7th grade at the time, and have never been more scared in my life. The most vivid memory I have of that time isn't waiting in the hospital or helping with the drainage tube - it was when she had to cut her hair because of the chemo. Her hair had flowed to her knees the entire 13 years I'd known her and seeing her without it was a big change. I can't even begin to imagine how tough it was for her (and so many others) to recover from cancer. There are so many incredibly strong women out there that deserve our support.
For a chance to win my print, all you need to do is donate $5 for 1 ticket, $10 for 3, $20 for 7, or $50 for 20 tickets before 11:59pm EST on Thursday, May 13, 2010. Below are a peek at all the other amazing handmade items you could win. Visit the Athena's Armoury blog - 3 Day for the Cure Raffle to read the prize descriptions, and 3 Day for the Cure Raffle Information and Rules to find out how to purchase tickets.