It's with a GIANT SMILE on my face... and a tear in my eye... that I write you this post. Since we found out about my great friends battle, it has been a roller coaster or emotion... for all involved. Friends, Family... and mostly her of course - from good news to horrible news to better news... This Rock-Away-Cancer giveaway was no exception... DURING this push for prayers, thoughts, vibes, (whatever you send our way)... after one month double chemotherapy and no change, her brain tumor shrunk a half inch in diameter and the ovarian cancer is almost gone... I got that amazing news about 3 days into it... Can you believe it? Maybe all this positivity & love really can work! So don't think that just because the giveaway is over that you're off the hook... keep that sweet, sweet lovin' comin our way... we can use all the help we can get. We still have a long long way to go... surgery, healing, etc. And want that tumor as small as possible because surgery is he last resort... So first off, i just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for that...
Second of all, (and I can't even count how many times I have cried during this) I want to share with you all how much we donated... My goal was $500 and I would have been jumping for joy... I figured if even a fraction of people chipped in a sent a buck, we would hit that no problem... I would have been THRILLED had people donated $1. The first night, I was blown away... not one person donated just $1... everything was above and beyond. Some even came back to donate again... and in the end. The final total for giveaway entries was............ $1,175... So like I said, I have cried like a baby over stories, comments, messages, and donations I have received and couldn't wait to share this number with my friend... So HUGE thank you, again... You guys all exceeded my wildest expectations... HUGE karma points for you all. You will be repaid, some way... some how. :)
Lastly, the moment you've all been waiting for. The giveaway... now THIS was a challenge with well over 1,000 entries... I had to break down all of the entries... copy all the names into a spreadsheet... And THEN I found a random generator that would pick the name for me...
And this winner or the grand prize is.........
1. Dawn Milligan
And since everyone did so amazing, I wanted to pick 4 more winners for gift certificates.
$20 gift certificate:
2. Dancing Bear
3. Michael Palmieri
$10 Gift Certificate:
4. Allie McCarthy
5. Virginia Passarge
So I want to thank everyone once more... for everything. Your donations, your thoughts, your prayers... it is all helping. This went over SO well, I may even do it again next month. In the mean time, we are working on some SUPER awesome shirts to sell... Should have those available for pre-order hopefully this week!! All hand screened, designed by me, and brought to life by an awesome tattoo artist, Emily, local to Minneapolis. Thanks guys!!