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My mom, the bravest person I know, was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer four months ago. About to have her sixth round of chemo — with surgery scheduled for early September — she is navigating this strange new landscape with her usual upbeat enthusiasm.

But watching her journey has made me more aware of the prevalence of this disease. And when Anne Leuck Feldhaus posted the following note on Facebook this week, I wanted to help somehow:

Anna Millea, a longtime Guild and Artful Home artist, is fighting breast cancer — again. The disease has returned aggressively and is now in her bones, requiring an extreme sixteen rounds of chemotherapy. She has no insurance, having been deemed uninsurable due to her “pre-existing condition.”
 Artful Home will hold a 5-day online event, “Hearts for Anna”, August 12-16, 2009 in which miniature artworks, no larger than 5” x 7”, will be sold. The items will be sold first-come, first serve, with all items selling for $100 on Day 1, $75 on Days 2 – 4, and $50 on  Day 5.  All money will go to a fund that goes directly to Anna Millea to help pay for her medical bills.

 Wonderful, original artworks from across the country have been donated for this special sale. You can see them all here.

The sale will take place at http://artfulhome.com starting Aug. 12.

Please consider making a purchase, and pass this message along to others who love beautiful handmade things. Thank you!