7.03.2013

Cancer Sucks, Friends Rock. {PYHO}

Cancer sucks.
Having a friend with cancer sucks. 
Having a friend whose son has cancer sucks. 
Having your daughter's boyfriend having cancer sucks. 
Having a friend whose husband has cancer sucks.

But somewhere in all of that cancer suckage, there is a little ray of sunshine.

It started with an idea of mine. I decided to create a Zazzle store to sell products and raise money for Dusty, our family friend/my daughter's boyfriend, who is fighting T-cell lymphoma.
Now to say that I am not a graphic artist is a huge understatement, but I made a very simple design with a lime green ribbon to symbolize lymphoma, and added the words "My Hero is Fighting Lymphoma - Praying for Dusty Thomas." I placed the image on several products and shared the store.

And that's when the ray of sunshine showed up, in the form of my friend Amy.

Amy lives in Canada and is one of my BBFs - Best Blog Friends. She and I have been through a LOT together and she has been a wonderful support for me. In an effort to cheer me up during a dark time, she even did my beautiful blog design!

Now, unfortunately, we have another connection - Amy's husband Ken is also fighting lymphoma
And that sucks.

He is getting treatment in another town, so much of the time, Amy is taking care of their two very young sons on her own, while working and dealing with having a husband with cancer. 
But not long after I posted the link to my Zazzle store on Facebook, I got a comment from Amy, offering her amazing design skills to create more (and WAY better, although she is far too kind to say that) designs for products to raise money for Dusty - a kid in Florida whom she's never met.

I flipping love this girl!!!!  She is kind, giving, caring and selfless. And amazingly talented. 
She made this offer purely out of goodness and friendship, not for recognition or praise. Just to help me help Dusty.  But she will certainly get recognition and praise from me because she is truly inspirational.

The world needs more people like Amy.

I would love for you to visit my zazzle store and look at Amy's artwork. If you would like to order something to help out Dusty and his family during his cancer treatment, well, I would love that even more. 
Pouring my heart out with Shell at Things I Can't Say 


11 comments:

Becoming Supermommy said...

It's amazing how a village kind of pops up, you know?

My husband is also battling cancer. On Friday, it will be six years since he was diagnosed with stage four astrocytoma- a brain cancer.

I don't know where we would be now without all our friends.

All my best to you and yours.

(You can read all about the day he was diagnosed here, if you'd like: http://becomingsupermommy.blogspot.com/2012/07/remember-remember-fifth-of-july.html)

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

What a great idea, special friend, great cause... I could go on and on... You go Mama!

Shell said...

Cancer does suck. Such a great idea to do something positive!

Chris Carter said...

Oh this is just BEAUTIFUL!!! Cancer does SUCK. And I am so sorry you and all the people you love are suffering... bless your heart and your BFF's heart! What an awesome blessing you both are to many...

Visiting from PYHO!!! So glad I did.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

((HUGS)) Heading over to Zazzle now.

nancygrayce said...

What a great idea and how sweet!

Jenny @ flutterbyechronicles said...

That is a great idea :) I will pop over to the store tomorrow.

Amy Carlson said...

Cyndy, you made me cry. Thank you. <3

Tami said...

You have such a huge heart! It's what I love about you! xoxo

circleoftoast said...

That's awesome! Cancer sucks, big time. My husband lost his best friend to it, and my grandmother had surgery for breast cancer just three days ago. I will definitely check it out!

Amy said...

Cancer sucks!

Amy is great for volunteering her time and talents to help out

God bless y'all