When I read on Bri’s food blog, Figs with Bri, a couple months ago, that her cancer came back, I really felt for her and her family. I have never had cancer so I can not say how I would feel if it was me; but, I have had people close to me , friends of friends and friend’s parents all affected by cancer and I have experienced the sorrow and frustration, only as an outsider.
Then I read Bri’s story. I felt terribly for her and her family; I could not imagine going through this. As well, I read on her site how she was going the alternative route with treatment and we all know how insurance does not like to cover this, let alone barely covering the other expenses. Now, I understood this as I had a scare a couple years ago, and after numerous tests and 6 months worth of bills and fighting with insurance, only to not have them pay for hardly anything; I completed related to this frustration and wanted to help somehow.
We wanted to donate something for the raffle that I will tell you about. We thought about it long and hard and we did not want to “buy” something to donate, we wanted to donate something that is part of us and the love we share ….. that would be Food. We make this incredible Portuguese Sweet bread using the recipe that was passed down in Lenny’s family, who is from the Azores. It is incredibly delicious and everyone we give it too, asks for more and more. So, we are donating a BIG LOAF of Portuguese Sweet Bread (Masa). If there is enough interest, we will donate two. Getting something from donating really is besides the point, helping out really is the point, this just makes it a bit sweeter. (photo courtesy of HolyBasil)
Here is the rest of the story on Bri, with instructions at the end on how to donate to this cause and how to request a ticket for the raffle. Unfortunately, we can not ship the Masa international, so all of our international readers will not be included. You can still donate for a good cause and to help Bri.
This is Bri. 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 organizing the JUNE edition of CLICK at Jugalbandi has organized a fundraiser to help Bri and her family meet her out-of-pocket medical costs for ONE YEAR.
Yellow is the colour of hope. Through the work of the LiveStrong Foundation, it has also come to signify the fight against cancer.
We are hoping to help raise $2,500 for Bri. At $25 a raffle ticket, it means that we will need 100 of you to help donate $25 to the raffle and it will get you one chance at winning a delicious homemade loaf of Masa.
Here are the raffle guidelines:
1. Beginning Sunday, June 8th, for every $25 you donate to Chip In for Bri, you will have a chance to win a loaf of Masa.
Go Here to DONATE. Then fill out the form there and fill in the “Raffle Code Prize” as “MASA”.
After donating, please comment back here on our site and leave a comment or e-mail us about your donation amount. After verifying with the fundraiser organizers, we will send you a confirmation e-mail.
2. The raffle will end on Sunday, June 29 at 12:00 pm midnight, Western Standard Time
3. The drawing will be conducted by the “Bloggers for Bri” team and the winner will be announced on Monday, June 30th, 2008.
Thank you for helping out!