If you've been reading my blog for a while, you would know I lost my best guy friend to cancer last year. Truth is, it still hurts whenever I think of him. I mean, I'm really glad he's up in Heaven now, pain-free and happy. But I just miss having my friend around. Over the past year and a half since we lost him, it's been a mix of emotions at times. Sometimes I forget he's not here anymore. And then when I realise the fact, it hurts. Have you ever lost someone dear to you? Did it take you a really long time to get over it?
Well, a couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a lovely lady by the name of Anna. She contacted me and mentioned her online design auction called Shop it to stop it. It was an auction to raise funds for cancer research at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and she wondered if I could take the time to mention it here, on the blog.
To be honest, it was really hard for me when that email came in. Even after so long, I am still not ready to even think about anything to do with cancer. Let alone, a fundraiser for Peter MacCallum. When my friend was diagnosed, Darren and I spent hours at Peter Mac, whenever he was in for his chemo sessions. I remember cooking his favourite meals, heating it up in the pantry. I remember how helpful and amazing the staff were. I remember asking my friend, in between our dinners, lots of silly questions about hospitals, all the funky wires, hooks, drips. Even though my friend was in a lot of pain, he always smiled and made sure he ate as much as he could of what I cooked. And the staff often made jokes of how nice-smelling and yummy looking the dishes were.
Writing this post has not only made me bawl my eyes out as I'm reminded of all the painful but good times spent at Peter Mac. I don't need to say much more. We all know how expensive and tiring cancer research is. As healthy people, we can contribute by donating funds for the lifesaving cancer research at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Shop it to stop it has a whole bunch of beautifully donated designer homewards, getaways and even screen printing class by my favourite Harvest Textiles. These items are all up for bidding. And all funds will go direct to Peter MacCullum. Every single cent. I am definitely not sponsored in any way to write this post. Neither are all the other donors. I just think Cancer is ugly and painful. And when there's something we, as healthy beings can do or help, I'm in.
So yup, do take just a minute or two, to hop on over the the auction page. Check out what's on offer and perhaps, you might be interested in something. You can buy it for yourself, or as a gift for someone. I'm pretty sure, no matter how big or small your donation is, it'll help Peter Mac go a long, long way. Thank you.