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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Swimming For Katie Blog Hop

Well, I hope by now ya'll have seen and heard a little bit about our sweet fellow stamper, Katie Renz and her terrible story about battling stage four gastric cancer. A bunch of incredibly talented designers and stampers have gotten together to show her some love and hopefully raise some money to help her family and young kids out with medical bills and living expenses in her time of need.

Here's a little more about the hop and how YOU can help and even grab one of these adorable octopus stamps or digis:

From October 10-12 some of the best stampers are joining together to support and encourage our friend and fellow stamper, Katie Renz, who is currently battling inoperable gastric cancer. If you're not familiar with her, Katie’s cancer story started just before Christmas last year. This young, beautiful, healthy, vibrant mother of 3 with her infectious smile was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer, virtually overnight. A few tummy aches and then stage 4 gastric cancer. Her first post about it is here. The idea of “Swimming for Katie” came from her recent post here.

This exclusive stamp used in my sample, designed by Becky Oehlers is available as a clear stamp, as well as a digis or a dig and SVG cut file. 100% of the profits go to Katie's fund to help her and her young family. Her husband Kevin and her three young children need our help and support. In addition to the Keep Swimming Octopus, Marianne Walker and True =D Doodle Designs both also donated digis that are for sale. Direct donations are also being accepted. Information central is HERE. This is a permanent page that will stay active at i {heart} papers with current information and the full 3 day blog hop listing, as well as the donation button.

Here's how you can donate right now:

For me, it was a no brainer when asked to help support Katie. I know FIRSTHAND how the stamping community can rally around a fellow stamper, as I'm sure many of ya'll remember doing so with my husband Eric's battle with Burkitt's Lymphoma just last year. Katie, I'm sure, will feel loved and cherished as much or more than we did and her family will be forever grateful and will never know how to thank you enough. Thanks again from me.

Here's your list of hoppers today, so that you can browse them at your leisure!

Amy Heller
Jackie Pedro
Julie Masse
Kecia Waters
Sandie Dunne
Susan Liles
Latisha Yoast
Laurie Schmidlin
Lisa Arana
Lisa Henke
Lisa Silver
Lydia Fiedler
Lyn Bernatovich
Maria Gurnsey
Meg Craig
Melissa Bickford
Michelle Woerner
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Robyn Weatherspoon
Sarah Jay
Sarah Martina Parker
Savannah O'Gwynn
Stephanie Washburn
Susanna Boyd
Tobi Crawford
Julie Lacey
Kim Kesti
Shemaine Smith
Danielle Lounds
Debbie Carriere
DoBea A.
Fran Gumprecht
Geny Cassady
Gina K.
Holly McMillen
ak Heath
Kimberly Crawford
Jeanne Streiff
Trudy Sjolander

Just keep swimming, Katie! We love you!


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