I have a super special Sunday Spotlight for you today! I like to think all the causes I feature are amazing in their own way but this one is a little different in that it helps one fabulous lady! Dana is the voice, talent and humor behind The Broke Ass Bride blog. Her blog was one of the first I visited when I started wedding planning and to this day I look forward to her wit and savvy money-saving tips! Let me give you the run down on what is going on with Dana and why she needs your help plus how you can actually help!
- Dana has Uveitis. What is that you ask? An auto-immune disorder (where her own body attacks itself) that affects her eyes and could render her blind if left untreated.
- She also has Granuloma Annulare. Don’t know what that is either? Neither do many of the doctors she has encountered! It is a VERY rare disease that affects the deep tissue in her feet. She has been unable to find a doctor who can treat it at this point!
- Due to both diseases she has had 11, ELEVEN, surgeries in the past 5 years.
- Just last month she found out she’d have to have a 12th surgery on one of her eyes!
So needless to say this is expensive and she needs a little help paying those medical bills. The awesome part is that she doesn’t just want to help herself, she wants to help others suffering from similar ailments through the process. This is what they are trying to raise (from the Dishing for Dana website):
♥ $13,000 to cover my current medical bills
♥ $6,032 to cover our health insurance premiums for the remainder of 2011
♥ $2,000 to donate to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association toward helping others with autoimmune disease
For a total minimum of $22,000.
Sooo how can YOU help? Easy. Start cooking! Well sort of, they are collecting recipes of comfort foods which they will “trade” for monetary donations. They’ll be teasing you with recipes on their blog and if you want to see more you simply make a donation. There are varying levels of incentives for the donations including a hardcover edition of ALL the recipes! You can go here to read all the specifics.
You can help by spreading the word too. Let’s do some Dishing for Dana and spread a little good will for other auto immune disease sufferers too!