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Bloggers Unite to Fundraise and Fight Cancer

Written on July 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm , by

Susan and Janetha at the Foodbuzz Festival in November 2010. Photo courtesy of Janetha at Meals and Moves.

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?

  • http://www.110pounds.com Lisa

    I am so glad this fundraiser is getting so much attention! Way to go Janetha. It couldn’t be for a better person! :)

  • http://twitter.com/squatlikealady Sable@SquatLikeALady

    I cannot BELIEVE how much attention this is getting!! I love our blogging community so so much =)

  • http://www.theactorsdiet.com lynn @ the actor’s diet

    YAY! i’m so proud to have been a part of this.

  • http://katywidrick.com Katy Widrick

    I am so, so proud of our community for rallying like this — and more excited than ever to see what we can do together!

  • http://www.healthytwists.com Hallie

    This response has been unbelievable. And Susan is totally worth it. This story needs to make the print edition of the magazine!

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  • http://www.hungryhungryhippie.com elise

    i am SO thrilled at the response this has gotten. well done janetha. this is epic success, all thanks to your tireless efforts.

  • http://Www.healthywithheather.com Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

    This was amazing, so glad I could be a part of it and help Susan out :)

  • http://peasandthankyou.com Mama Pea

    I too am so proud to be a part of this amazing community of women, corporations and FRIENDS coming together in love. I’m so glad they’ve got my back and it’s my pleasure to have theirs.

  • http://www.everydayfoodie.ca Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I am so happy this was a success!! It was great to be a part of :-)

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  • http://www.sideofsneakers.com Heather @ Side of Sneakers

    This was an absolutely amazing act of kindness, community, and charitable giving- not to mention the power of social media. I’m both proud and honored to be a part of it.

  • http://www.lifeisgoodwithfood.wordpress.com Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood

    The blogging community is absolutely wonderful and this was such a sweet thing to do. It makes us as a community all come together as one tight-knit group and help support a fellow blogger in need. I’m so happy to be a part of it as well too!

  • http://www.bakememore.com Laurel

    Who would have imagined that blogging would explode into a massive community. The kindness between people who have never “formally” met is boundless.

    It’s this kind of caring that helps to overshadow the contsant barrage of adversity that each of us are faced with daily.

  • Elisabeth

    So proud of all of us. What an amazing group of friends. Massive love for Janetha and everyone behind the scenes for making this happen. Incredible.

  • http://fitchickinthecity.com Jess

    This is amazing!

  • http://www.liveloveandrun.com Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run

    There are no words for what Janetha did for Susan by setting this up…nor for the overwhelming reaction from friends, family, and strangers alike. This is why I blog…this is why I went into Wellness. There’s a community, A FAMILY, of people who not only care about their own health and well being, but about others’ as well. This is where it’s at. Lots of a love to all those that worked to make this happen.

  • http://eatdrinkbreathesweat.wordpress.com Jess

    Unreal what this blogging community is capable of when we band together like this – Janeetha is amazing for what she was able to accomplish with TGFA. I feel proud to be part of this blogging community now more than ever before.

  • http://lindsayslist.wordpress.com Lindsay Wright

    The support and love that is passed around this community is one of the reasons I wanted to start a blog. What a blessing!! Thank you for your heart, Janetha!