Susan (left) and Janetha at the Foodbuzz Festival. (Photo courtesy of Janetha at Meals and Moves)
If there was ever any doubt about the healthy living blogging community and the support system it creates, Janetha from Meals and Moves has erased it all. She's spearheaded The Great Fundraising Act, or TGFA—an online auction that is donating all of the proceeds to Susan, a fellow blogger who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Susan and Janetha officially met last fall when they were roommates for the Foodbuzz Festival in November, but they had been following each other's blogs since April 2009. The two became fast friends, and when Janetha heard about Susan's cancer diagnosis and the fact that she had to pay for her medicine (to the tune of $5,000 a month) she knew she had to help. Soon after, TGFA was born.
Intending to hold a bake sale that would "hopefully raise a few thousand dollars," Janetha sent out emails to anyone in the blog world that might have a connection to Susan, asking if they'd be willing to donate baked goods. After an overwhelming amount of support, the bloggers recommended Janetha contact companies for charitable contributions. More support rolled in and TGFA ended up with over 170 items to auction away!
TGFA began at 8 a.m. EST today and has raised over $20,000. "People are so generous, it makes me want to cry," Janetha says. "I've read tweets that say things like, 'I don't have any grocery money this week, but I'm still donating.' I'm just completely astonished by the love and support that's coming from all directions."
Awesome products like a one-year supply of Chobani Greek yogurt, a travel package to Universal Studios in Hollywood, and tons of healthy, baked goods are ready for the taking, with staggered closing times until 11 p.m. Make sure you check it out!
If you'd like to simply make a direct donation to Susan to help cover the cost of her medical bills, you can donate via PayPal here.
And if you think there might be something you want post-TGFA, Janetha will be setting up an "After the Act" page next week that will list more products for sale at a set price!
Now tell us: What's on your fitness wish list that you'd love to see auctioned off?