Today's blog post is a really important one, so please don't tune out now. In December of last year, my friend Ashley, from CenterCutCook, found out that she was expecting her first baby after many years of trying. Just one week later, she found out that her husband Ryan, only 29 years old, had Stage 4 Colon Cancer.
Over the past eight months Ashley has experienced her first pregnancy and the birth of their little boy, Miles. Along with that, she and Ryan have been through multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and everything else that comes with cancer. Through it all, they’ve fought to stay positive while aggressively treating the cancer. The reality is that Ryan’s cancer is stage 4. It has spread to other areas of his body, and while the chemo is helping, there is still much uncertainty in their lives.
Ashley is an amazing food blogger and she’s also one of the nicest, most generous, and helpful bloggers I know. As bloggers, we earn our income through advertising on our websites and through sponsored work. Unfortunately, taking time off for maternity leave, spending time at the hospital for cancer treatments, or days spent away from the blog while caring for your loved ones, will affect your site's traffic, which in turn affects your income.
This is why I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers for the #TeamRyan Blogger Auction.
The auction is a silent auction hosted by Bakeaholic Mama. You can check out what you might like to bid on and then email Carrie your bid. You can find all the information and auction items here.
~ Gift cards to Crate & Barrel, World Market, Amazon, Sur La Table, and Anthropologie
~ Kitchen goods from OXO, Le Creuset, Pampered Chef
~ Cuisenart ice cream maker and a Cuisenart food processor
~ Gift baskets featuring everything from baked goods to baking supplies
~ Gourmet chocolates, coffee gift packs, cheese making kits, and more
~ Plus, lots of cookbooks from your favorite bloggers!
I would love it if you would head over to the auction site and bid on something. Every little bit will help! Again, you can see all the auction items, get all the info, and bid HERE.
Because several of you have already asked, I've included links to Ryan and Ashley's Give Forward page and to their Paypal donation account. If you are outside the U.S. or if you would simply rather donate than bid on an auction item, you can give via either of these websites: Donate with GiveForward OR Donate with PayPal
Life can change in an instant. Laugh hard. Love harder. Live.
Please feel free to join #TeamRyan on Facebook and share the page with your family and friends. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!