***UPDATE*** The links should be working again. Ebay, for reasons known only to them, decided to shut the entire auction down as it was in full swing, with no notice or reason being given at any time. After, of course, giving their blessing to hosting the whole thing in the first place. If you feel compelled to write them and state your displeasure, I would not discourage you. But the main thing is that Robin’s Relief is back online! Let’s drum her up some help!!***
I find myself with a cold today, so this won’t be a long post. But this subject is important to me and I want to make sure it gets mentioned here.
I am participating in the Robin’s Relief Fund, an auction set up to raise money for the gargantuan medical bills of Robin Sullins, mother to one of the artists at Duirwaigh Studios. You probably know their work, even if you don’t know their name. They produce (among other things) some of the most beautiful greeting cards I’ve ever seen; I always end up buying more than I need and squirreling them away for special occasions – although they are so lovely, sometimes I’m compelled to buy two of a design, one to give to someone and one to keep for myself.
Anyway, back to Robin. You can read the full story about her accident here; on Christmas day, Robin was accidentally bit by one of her family’s dogs which triggered an incredibly rare infection in her body. The infection was so uncommon and vicious, it spread rapidly through her body, tearing cells apart and causing endless destruction. Her doctors believe the spread to now be stopped, but it was stopped by the heavy cost of amputating both her legs from the knees down, and all her fingers.
To make things even worse, Robin was without medical insurance when the accident happened. She is now saddled with a mountain of medical bills, along with the cost of prosthetic legs and hands. The people at Duirwaigh put a call out to other artists to donate work that could be auctioned to help cover these costs, and the response is inspiring. Some really huge names in the fantasy art world offered up their works. And while I am not a huge name, I wanted to help, so I donated one of my prints too.
All art has been set at a fraction of its normal cost to encourage more bidding, so it’s a chance to get something you might not otherwise be able to afford, and help a family who REALLY needs it at the same time. I’m linking to my print, but please, take a look at the whole auction. If you see something you love, please consider placing a bid. You can also donate directly to special fund they set up, if you would like.
I can’t imagine what this family is going through, but I know that our combined efforts can make a huge difference for them as they struggle with their loss. Thank you to everyone who helps in any way!