Auction for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Vana Chupp Studio Silhouettes

On May 16, my 22 month old was diagnosed with Leukemia. After eight months of aggressive treatment, including drugs that were initially only approved for adult use, she finished frontline treatment, and began maintenance. This is the “easier” part of treatment and includes daily oral chemo, an additional oral chemo once a week, 4 doses of an antibiotic every weekend, and both a spinal tap and 10 doses of steroids every three months. We need better treatment options. 

I am fundraising for Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s incredible research grants for new, innovative, and rigorous approaches that directly address the most intractable issues in pediatric cancer research. These opportunities could change everything for the 15,000 children a year (in the US) who are diagnosed with cancer. Only 4% of the billions of dollars the government spends on cancer research goes toward childhood cancers.Through 2019, the FDA had approved a total of 34 drugs for use in the treatment of childhood cancers but thirty of those drugs were initially approved for adult use only. Over 95% of childhood cancer survivors have long-term health-related issues as a result of the medications they were given during treatment. We need better options for our babies.

You can donate to our fundraiser here. I will personally match up to $5000 for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

This auction is for 2 custom framed silhouettes from Vana Chupp Studio, $250 value

I’m excited to partner with my friend Vana of Vana Chupp Studio (formerly Le Papier). Her silhouette art and jewelry is precious and so timeless. These silhouettes are something I will treasure forever, especially since she perfectly captured Margot’s little curls before she lost her hair. Vana has been a gem, and has been so supportive of our fundraising efforts. I love her brand but more important, she is a truly wonderful person and I’m lucky to know her. 

How to bid, donate, and claim your auction item

The starting bid for this item is $125

1. Leave a comment with your bid. Leave a new comment for an additional bid, with a minimum increase of $25. 

2. This auction ends at 8PM CST on Monday, September 6. The highest bidder (announced in the comments section of this post and on instagram) will receive two custom framed silhouettes from Vana Chupp Studio

3. Your donation should be made here by Tuesday, September 7 at 8PM, or the item will go to the next highest bidder.

4. Once you make your donation, please email me at Be sure to include your name and address. 

Where the money goes

I’m fundraising for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an incredible organization that funds childhood cancer research and supports families going through treatment. In the past, I have fundraised for our hospital and will continue to do so, but wanted to focus my efforts on helping Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s incredible research grants for new, innovative, and rigorous approaches that directly address the most intractable issues in pediatric cancer research today. 

Thank you, Vana, for always being so gracious. We love your work and are truly grateful for your time and talent. 

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