Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Keep Swimming, Katie!

This week, you may have noticed that TONS of your favorite stampers are joining together to support and encourage our friend and fellow stamper, Katie Renz, who is currently battling inoperable gastric cancer.

If you're not familiar with her, Katie’s cancer story started just before Christmas last year.  This young, beautiful, healthy, vibrant mother of 3 with her infectious smile was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer, virtually overnight.  A few tummy aches and then stage 4 gastric cancer.  

Her first post about it is here.  The idea of “Swimming for Katie” came from her recent post here.

This stamp used in my sample was designed by Becky Oehlers for this special fundraiser for Katie. Kate Baldwin was kind enough to set up a page where you can support Katie in a number of different ways, and  100% of the profits go to Katie's fund to help her and her young family.  Her husband Kevin and her three young children need our help and support. To read more and donate something to help, please click HERE or click the donation button below. 
I hope you will be inspired by the stampers on this hop and moved to donate to her cause, and also to pray for Katie and her family in this difficult time. 

Katie's bravery and candor through this journey have been astonishing, and I can't even imagine handling something so difficult with as much grace as she has.

I think one of the things I love most about the stamping community is our solidarity with one another in times of trouble, and this is certainly a shining example of that. Thank you in advance for whatever you can do for Katie.

Keep swimming to the other designers helping out the Renz family today! The full list is here!

If any of you would like to send a card to Katie, you can send them to this address:

Katie Renz
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Thanks for stopping by today! Loveyameanitbye.


  1. Such an awesome creation Lydia! Love the doily for behind the image, looks wonderful! I agree about the stamping community, love how everybody will come together like this!

  2. So sweet! Thank you for helping! I probably don't need to remind you to upload and tag. :)

  3. This is beautiful! I love the aqua and hello! The doily is super cute! I need it!!! Thanks for spreading the word to help Katie!

  4. Beautiful coloring Lydia. Love that bg shape. Thank you for doing this for Katie!


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