Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lupus Alliance of America

We interrupt the “irrelevant” posts for a very relevant post… last year I announced my participation in one of the Michigan Lupus walks in support of my best friend, Sharon, who has been fighting winning her battle with lupus since 2001. Well, that time is here again and Team Cakesy needs your support! Below is her email.

Hey there,

First, I want to thank you for your love and support especially during the last year. My 2008 and 2009 was pure health hell but because of you interceding for me, lupus has grown and enlightened me is so many ways.

Two of the most wonderful ladies that I know, Cherish and April, have decided to continue on with the Lupus Walk this year on TEAM Cakesy's behalf and we are asking for your donation in whatever amount. No one has to tell me how tight times are and if all you are able to spare is $5, please give that $5 like it's a million. Last year, our fundraising goal was $3,000. We wound up raising more than $4,500.

All funds raised go to benefit the Lupus Alliance of America Michigan Indiana Affiliate. It is the only lupus organization in Michigan that helps folks like me. Last year, due to the fact that I didn't have any insurance that covered my medication, this organization provided what I needed to keep me alive. At this point, I am unsure of who knows what about my ordeal but I needed chemotherapy to help Sharon get back to being Sharon. The Alliance stepped in and gave me what I needed and then a couple of months later, a job. I am currently the Media Director for the organization. Haha! Isn't it funny how things work out?!?

Just within the last couple of months alone, I have written and had 2 newspaper articles published. I have been in a Lupus Alliance commercial that was shown throughout Michigan and Indiana and I was also featured on PBS 'A Wider World' news show about my battle with lupus. I was also a guest on the CW50 television show 'Street Beat'. I have been to Washington, DC twice to lobby Congress on behalf of the Alliance. As a result of our hard work, we currently have two Appropriation's Requests both worth $650,000 each in the offices of the Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick and Congressman John Conyers. We should find out soon whether or not the requests were approved. If they are, the appropriations will change the dynamic of the Alliance drastically which is a good thing. We can help more folks and keep more daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, cousins, brothers, fathers, everyone's loved ones alive.

I didn't mention my awareness successes in an effort to pat myself on the back. I mentioned them to remind you to never tell God how big the storm is but always tell the storm how big your God is. Things have a supernatural way of working out in your favor ;).

The fundraising page is here. If you have any questions, contact me. Please forward this at your discretion. Thanks for all that you have done and will do.

Be Encouraged and Be Blessed,

Sharon ('Cakesy')

Please support us in anyway you can, even if its simply passing the word along! I posted a donation badge to the right of my page. If you are in the Detroit-area and would like to walk with us on September 25, or even start your own team for the walk, please do not hesitate to sign up HERE –>

Peace and love, Cherish (and Sharon and April)

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Short Shorts.... for Men?

One of my fav blogs The Sartorialist posted some pics from the Bottega Veneta fashion show in Milano back in June. I loves the earthy colors used throughout the show and the cool safari-like vests and shorts.... then I came to one pic. A guy in brown leather short shorts. And I do mean SHORT. I don't believe I own a pair of shorts this short. So I guess this is the new "in" thing? Hmmm....

Monday, July 5, 2010

Great Boutique - She Bang

Found this awesome, super-soft Mini Convertible Hobo purse by 49 Miles at SheBang in Bucktown/Wicker Park (Chicago)... Love the green color!!! Adding it to my summer wish list!

I managed to snag this adorable 5 strand crystal headband by Deepa Gurnani along with a pair of delicate silver flower stud earrings.

This boutique definitely makes my Top 10 List for Chicago!!