There are only eleven days before your intrepid crop-masters visit the CHA trade show in Chicago. The preparations are underway for bringing home lots of scrapping goodies!!! We are driving two (count 'em, two!) large, gas guzzling (okay, we're not proud about that!) vehicles down to Chicago in anticipation of bringing back a large load of donated items!!! Wish us luck! We are going into this with our eyes wide open from last year! We weren't prepared at all last year! We didn't even have a rolling bag!!! We were such CHA virgins. This year, we are doing it up in style. Julie and I asked the scrapbooking gods for a shopping cart, and our prayers were answered! It was a miracle! Seriously, we were driving in the car one day after just having talked about needing a shopping cart...and lo and behold...there was one... by a dumpster, no less! (Seriously: that's our story and we're sticking to it.) So, yes, you may have seen us hurriedly loading a shopping cart into the back of Alane's station wagon. "Why the shopping cart?" you ask. Because we have had a stroke of genius! (Although Kim suspects it might actually BE a stroke.) We are fixing up that shopping cart to use as our mode of transportation and show-stopping eye googling get-everyone excited fanfare! It is at an undisclosed location (in Julie's garage) being spray-painted PINK! Then the fun really starts...we are going to bling it up (or tart it up as my mother would call it!) Right now Julie and I are in the throes of some major decisions...do we go with crystals and tulle? Disco lights and feathers? The possibilities are endless!!! Stay tuned to see what we decide! Of course, I should mention that we are moving forward with this idea despite Kim's groans of apprehension. I admit that we still suffer from a lingering fear that we, along with our shopping cart, are going to be thrown into the CHA hoosegow for creating too much of a ruckus. (We'll look darn cute, though!) Kim is the classiest member of our little organization, if you haven't noticed. She is planning on not touching the shopping cart and keeping a respectful distance. This is probably wise since Julie and I will need someone to bail us out or at the very least bake us a cake with a file in it. Preferably a pink cake. With bling. Maybe a smoke machine.
Hi! We're three Moms from Duluth, MN who had the idea to harness our love for scrapbooking and help our charity of choice: the Young Survival Coalition.
October 13, 2007 was the Inaugural Crop For A Cure and we are proud to say it was an unbelievable success!
Last year, we held the second Crop For A Cure, and included classes taught by industry professionals!
This year, we hit a few bumps in the road, but we're forging ahead with our third event. The name may change, the date will change (it's January 23, 2010) but the scrap time remains the same. Get ready for 15 hours of fun!
The Generosity of our Crop Participants Has Helped Provide...
*The opportunity to open the local Young Survival Coalition office in Duluth, February 2009. *More than 75 Newly Diagnosed Resource Kits to young women in our area who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. *Scholarships to seven women to attend the Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer. *Educational programs: The Genetics of Breast Cancer and Understanding Your Reconstruction Options.
One of our generous donors
What is the YSC?
The YSC is the premier international, nonprofit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer. Through action, advocacy, and awareness, the YSC seeks to educate the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities and to persuade them to address breast cancer in women 40 and under. The YSC also serves as a point of contact for young women living with breast cancer.
Both Julie and Alane are young breast cancer survivors. Alane was 31 when she was diagnosed and Julie was 42. Neither of them had a family history of breast cancer. Since their diagnosis and treatment they have worked hard to get the Duluth Affiliate of the Young Survival Coalition up and running. The group is now very active, participating in community breast cancer events as well as general cancer events, holding monthly support group meetings, and raising money to help educate young women about their risk of breast cancer.