December 11, 2009

Cards for Kids Card Drive Prizes

Here are the prizes you could win for sending in cards for this card drive.  Each child has a prize associated with them.  If you send in cards for a child, you have a chance of winning the prize.  For more information on the Cards for Kids card drive itself, click HEREThis round of prizes will be given on 1/31 - so get your cards in by then!

First up?  Cute Kate.


In June of 2009, 5-year-old Kate was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Dad (Aaron) is a pastor in Arizona and he and his wife, Holly, have two other children, Will and Olivia.  Of course this is devastating for the whole family and many are praying for them.  (Go to  to learn more about this family and their struggle). 

The family includes:

  • Kate, Age 5.
  • Sister - Olivia, age 7.
  • Brother - Will, age 4.
  • Mom - Holly.
  • Dad - Aaron.

Kate has a rough road ahead of her for quite awhile.  We have already collected almost 2000 cards for Kate, but feel that the family could still use more encouragement.  Kate's mom, Holly said:

"Oh my goodness, I can't believe all of the cards. It is crazy. The kids have loved them. And people have been so creative with them! Thank you!  When Liv and Will come to the Ronald McDonald House they sit on the bed and I give them their cards to go through. They love it. They then pick out their favorite. Thanks for including them in it. We still haven't gone through all of the cards! We slowly let Kate go through them... Again thank you for making the effort to do this. It has been great. Keep praying for sweet Kate. Many thanks, Holly"

To learn more about Kate, visit her blog HERE. She was featured on Dr. Phil last week.

And check out the goodies you could win for sending in cards for Kate and her family...

Kate PRize
This includes a ton of products from Making Memories, American Crafts and Basic Grey.  Yum.  And you also get a Butterfly Fly Away necklace made by the sweet and talented Janna Wilson.  I bought this necklace and LOVE it.  Goes with anything, gets compliments and is a deal of a price.  A great gift idea.


Look at this Gavin cutie...

Gavin is a 4-year old boy battling Tay-Sachs Disease, an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes relentless deterioration of mental and physical abilities. There is currently no known cure for this disease, nor preventive treatment to slow down or stop the brain from regressing. The doctors are at a dead-end but the family continues to fight and hope for a miracle. Gavin has a 1-year old sister, Audrey Bella, who has been diagnosed with the Tay-Sachs gene but, fortunately, does not have the disease.

The family includes:

  • Gavin, age 4.
  • Sister - Audrey Bella, age 1.
  • Dad - Ferd.
  • Mom - Jan.

You can keep up to date on Gavin HERE.

And, we have a lovely prize for someone who sends in cards for Gavin and his family...

Gavin Prize 

This prize includes lots of fabulous adhesives donated by Tombow.  (And, yep, my new favorite adhesive is in there!)  Also, Just Rite Stampers donated these 6 rockin' sets of stamps.  Wowsers - lots of great goodies here.

Our third child...

... is beautiful Sami.

Sami, age 18, was diagnosed at 2 months old with cystic fibrosis. Her parents immediately learned how to care for her at home with daily medicines and physical therapy.  Throughout her young life, she required frequent hospitalizations, but was able to attend school and activities.  However, as Sami got older, she had more frequent lung infections, causing permanent damage.  She soon developed diabetes and life-threatening allergies to some of the antibiotic therapies, causing her a need to be home schooled for high school. 

The last course treatment for cystic fibrosis is a double lung transplant, which she was recommended for in January 2009.  In September - with a lung capacity of only 17% - she received her new lungs and spent 4 weeks in the ICU.  She lost her ability to swallow, but not to smile.  Sami's recovery was slowed because she was so ill.  In November of 2009, Sami was released from the hospital to the Ronald McDonald house to continue therapy and rehabilitation.  With God's will and Sami's determination, she hopes to have a normal life.

And, how about the prizes you can win for sending in cards for Sami?  Check this out...

Sami Prize
You could win 300+ sheets of patterned paper from my own stash.  Lots of great name papers here - I just sometimes get too much of it. :)  And also, a $25 gift certificate donated by  Fabulous!

Next up - Meg.


Meg is a 4-yr-old darling battling Leukemia.  At age 3, she was diagnosed with high-risk Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.  She is currently doing well, but still has to be cautious due to her diminished infection-fighting ability.  She still has two years of treatment left and is currently taking oral chemotherapy.  On November 23, 2009, she will go in for a lumbar chemotherapy procedure.  She has such a sweet spirit and doesn't complain about all the procedures she has to endure.  Her parents draw their strength from her and from their faith.  Meg loves to dress up like a princess and when she wears her princess dresses and high heels to Cook Children’s Hospital, she’s pretty much known as Princess Meg, said her mom, Sheri.  Meg is proud of the fact that she has "no peeps" (as in, she doesn't utter a peep!) when she gets her shots.  Her sister, Jenna, is 7 years old and is a wonderful sister to Meg, playing dress-up and "pajama party" with Meg when she has to stay inside.  They are a wonderful, loving family who strive every day to keep a smile on their faces and hope in their hearts!

The family includes:

  • Meg, age 4.
  • Sister - Jenna, age 7.
  • Dad - Steve.
  • Mom - Sheri.

You can find out more and get updates about Meg HERE.

And, for sending cards in for Meg and her family, you may win...

Prizes for Meg
What a fab prize.  First, we have lots of great tools from Tim Holtz.  I highly recommend all of these, especially the craft knife and scissors.  Great tools.  Next, we have a $25 gift certificate to Hero Arts!  This was donated by the fabulous Sue Czosek (aka Stampersuzz).  She won the prize over at the Hero Arts blog for an amazing project she did.  She then asked that her prize be donated to this drive.  Isn't she the best!?  (Thanks, Sue.)

This is Zach...


8-year-old Zach was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer on July 21, 2009.  Two days later, he had surgery to remove the tumor.   This was just the beginning of this journey for this family, but they will travel it together, faithfully.  Zach and his mom are currently at St. Judes Childrens Hospital in Tennessee where he just started his chemotherapy.  They will remain there for the next few months, but enjoy visits from his dad and two younger brothers, Ryan and Chase.  Please lift this boy and his family in prayer. 

The family includes:

  • Zach, age 8.
  • Brother - Ryan, age 1.
  • Brother - Chase, age 6.
  • Mom - Mary Ann.
  • Dad - Ed

To keep up with Zach and how he is doing, you can visit his website HERE.

And, for each card you send in for Zach or his family, you will get a chance to win:

Zach Prize
This prize includes a $50 gift certificate for Memorable Seasons!  Check them out - lots of great sales right now.  (55% of stamps - there are lots of GREAT ones... 65% off rub-ons... 75% off printed paper... through 12/31.)  You will also win two Hero Arts clear stamp sets - one is 4x12 and the other is 4x6.  Two of my faves.


Meet David...

On 8/18/09 David went through a noncontrast CT scan due to right hand tremors.  They found a brain mass.  On 8/27/09 David underwent an MRI and it was found a mass arising from the right cerebellum.  This mass is right of the midline and causes moderate mass-effect against adjacent soft tissue structures.  David underwent surgery to remove the tumor but they were not able to remove it due to its location.  They did a biopsy to find out if the tumor is malignant or benign.  After a couple of weeks of waiting for the diagnosis and a wrong diagnosis, we found out the tumor is benign, but it is just as dangerous because of its location.  In the second week of December, David will be doing another MRI.  The result will determine if he will have to undergo another surgery and/or will be doing radiation and Chemo.

The family includes:

  • David, age 6.
  • Brother - AJ, age 7.
  • Sister - Jessica, age 4.
  • Dad - Anderson.
  • Mom - Debbie.

You can find out more and get updates about David HERE.

By sending in cards for David and his family, you could win these goodies...

David Prize 

This includes a spot in the Capture Your Dream workshop by Creativity Prompt, valued at $49.95.  It is an extended self-paced workshop, held online through the course of 6 weeks.  Each member will assemble a 6" by 6" mixed-media mini album and will learn many techniques... and also will get many downloadable handouts and templates.  Also!  You will get 26 packs of American Crafts brads!  These are my favorites - this is a great mix.

This is Braden ...


Braden Hofen was diagnosed with Stage IV, high risk neuroblastoma on December 28, 2007 at the age of 3. Braden was given a 30% chance for survival at that time. He went through six high dose rounds of chemotherapy, an autologous bone marrow transplant, radiation therapy, and follow up therapies. Braden was declared to be in remission but merely a few months later, and only a few weeks from his fifth birthday, his cancer relapsed. Braden now has only a 10% chance for survival. Braden is undergoing medical treatments both at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and at the Children's Hopsital of Philadelphia. Braden loves animals, basketball, playing outside, water fountains, and the beautiful seasonal Christmas lights!  Braden and his family appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers, and hopes for a miracle!

The family includes:

  • Braden, age 5.
  • Brother - Zach, age 6.
  • Mom - Deliece.
  • Dad - Brian.

To keep up with Braden and how he is doing, you can visit his website HERE.

And for sending in cards for Braden, you could win...

Prize braden

This prize gets you a $75 gift certificate to 2peas, donated by myself and Jana Millen.

This is Emily ...


Emily Koester is a beautiful 6 year old girl that has a very rare disease.  She is one of 4 people in the US that has Schimke Immuno-osseous Dysplasia (SIOD), one of the rarest forms of Dwarfism.  Only 45 people world-wide have this disease. This disease is very rare. Only 1 in 1 million to 3 million get this genetic disease. She will have a shortened life span with: stroke, hip replacements, kidney failure and infections as some of the problems with this disease.  This disease is detected by growth, appearance, illness and x-rays. Emily has rounding of the spinal vertebrae, classic characteristics of hip dysplasia in the pelvis and thighs.  Emily experienced kidney failure in spring 2008 and received a kidney transplant from her father Joe.   A side effect of the transplant, the anti-rejection medication caused Lymphoma, Emily's is in stage 3 and has endured chemo. Recently a fungal infection was discovered in the donated kidney, so she has been on anti-fungal medication.  She has suffered from constant fevers, vomiting, headaches and most recently seizures.  She has had over 37+ surgeries in the past 2 years.
The family includes:

  • Emily, age 6
  • Mom - Erin
  • Dad - Joe

To keep up with Emily and how she is doing, you can visit his website HERE.  If you want to help, click HERE.

For sending in cards for Emily and her family, you may win...

Prize for emily
This prize includes lots of great stamps sets donated by Sarah Moerman.  Great stuff!  And you also will get a bunch of handmade butterflies that I have made - stamped, colored with Copics and cut out.

Thanks for playing along!