Team Ashley: An Auction Benefiting Ashley of Lil Blue Boo

If you have been active in the blog world, facebook or twitter over the last couple weeks, no doubt you have heard about Ashley of Lil Blue Boo and her fight against a nasty cancer caused by a molar pregnancy. Or perhaps you saw the very heart touching and massively circulated “Rite of Passage” video of Ashley shaving her head after she started losing so much of her hair.

Haven’t heard of her? Didn’t see the video? Well let me introduce you….

Ashley is a young mom. Just like me. She has a little girl, very close in age to my little boy. She owns a handmade clothing line, just as I do. And she blogs. She blogs lovely heartfelt blogs about life, crafting, DIY projects and her business. She’s beautiful- tall and thin with gorgeous blonde hair and a stunning face. When Ashley and her husband began to work on expanding their family from three to four, their attempt resulted in a miscarriage. To make the miscarriage even more heartbreaking, it happened just a few weeks after her father suddenly passed away.  But she was brave and in October, 2011, they tried to get pregnant again. However this time, she had even worse luck. Her pregnancy was a continuation of her first pregnancy, a molar pregnancy, which resulted in a form of cancer called Choriocarcinoma. 

Unfortunately, this form of cancer grows very rapidly, and in her case, it was spreading. She had to have the cancer removed, and fast. As if things could even get any worse, while she was on the operating table to remove the cancer, she started hemmoraging and almost died. The only way the Doctor could save her was to do an emergency hysterectomy…killing her chances to have more children. And still leaving her with the cancer in her body to fight.

I don’t know about you, but this story gets right to my heart. Because it could be ME. It could be you. It could be any of us. And I have to be honest and say, it’s more than what I think I could ever bear.

But you have to know Ashley. When her father died, she found a slip of paper on his desk proclaiming “Choose Joy”, and that’s what she and her family chose to do in the wake of his death. She held onto the saying during her first miscarriage…and she screams it just as loudly now during this fight for her life. She chooses joy. Don’t believe her? Just read her blog. You will be amazed at how she is willing throw discouragement to the wind and forge ahead with a smile on her face. It’s beyond touching. It’s inspiring. I encourage you to watch that Rite of Passage Video. You’ll see what I mean. But don’t say I didn’t warn you- you will cry. {click on the picture and it will take you to the video}

Although she rarely mentions it on her blog, you and I both know that cancer is expensive. Very expensive. Even if you have insurance, not everything is covered and treatments that might be necessary can add up very quickly. Ashley has recently learned that her cancer seems to be chemo-resistant at the moment, which means her family is exploring everything they can to try to cure this cancer…which at this time means a more aggressive form of Chemotheraphy. These types of treatments can add up and suck the life out of you. Literally. Ashley is so positive and upbeat, so she would never talk about this, but on top of worrying about bills, I am sure she also worries from time to time about her business. Trying to keep things running smoothly {with the help of her amazing assistant Lisa, of course! :)}, and making sure that all her employee’s salaries are met, the clothing gets produced and everything continues just like normal can’t be easy.

You can imagine how much this all must weigh on her.

Luckily for Ashley, she has a very close group of friends who are working super hard to help. They were sweet enough to welcome me into their circle to work side by side with them to raise some money for Ashely and her family so she could do everything possible to fight this cancer. They are an amazing group of ladies. We call ourselves “Team Ashley”, and….

WE HOPE TO RAISE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FUNDS FOR ASHLEY’S FAMILY.

Wouldn’t be great for Ashley to have a little money set aside for those bills and maybe even give her a month or two off from her online shop so she could focus on getting better 100%? Team Ashley is hoping to do just that.

To Ashley’s surprise and astonishment, we decided to put together a two day auction to take place on February 27- 29. The team has gathered donations, many of them one of a kind, from some some very generous vendors- almost 70 of them and still counting. The items up for auction are AMAZING. Seriously, amazing. We’re pretty sure you will agree and we hope to raise an epic amount of money for Ashley during this event.

But we need you. Can you help? We need the word spread about this auction. We want to bombard every blog, facebook and twitter page with awareness of this event. How? By talking about it. A lot. Can you do this? If so, just grab the button over on my sidebar {or copy photo to put in facebook and twitter} and start talking. Start yelling!! :) Many of you have a large amount of blog, facebook, and twitter followers….could you promote this auction? Daily if possible?

Lastly, we understand that many people do not have the time, interest and/or patience to participate in auctions. Or maybe you don’t want to wait until February to do something for Ashley. We’ve made it really simple for you help. Over on my sidebar under the Team Ashley logo is a donate button which is linked directly to Ashley’s donation account. Feel free to give whatever amount you like; $5, $10…anything would work. Even your “little bit” can be combined with someone else’s “little bit” and turn into something huge for Ashley.

Thank you so much friends, for being so kind and supportive. I can’t imagine there isn’t anyone who isn’t touched by Ashley’s story after reading it. Even if you can’t donate financially- your love, prayers and kind thoughts towards this family will mean the world to them. Thank you again. God bless you all.

Amy and Team Ashley xoxo

We are no longer accepting donations for this auction, thank you for all your interest! For more info please read HERE. This auction has been approved by Ashley Hackshaw, Lisa Walker and the rest of the Lil Blue Boo team and is the official donation/auction deemed to raise funds for the Hackshaw family. 

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59 thoughts on “Team Ashley: An Auction Benefiting Ashley of Lil Blue Boo

  1. 1
    Vicki says:

    Love that you are all doing this. Praying for her & that this auction is a huge success. Either way, “Our God will supply all our needs”! She is blessed to have you as part of her “team”.

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    Kristen Leclair says:

    AWESOME!

  3. 3
    Michelle says:

    This is going to be an AWESOME auction – I just know it! Thanks for letting me contribute! :)
    Michelle (Daydream Believers)

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    Bonny Smelser says:

    This is awesome and a true Spirit of love! I have had a stream of emotions flooding me since reading her blogs! Such a sweetheart!
    ThAnkful we can join in and bless this beautiful family!

  5. 5
    Amber Hunter says:

    WOW! Fantastic idea! Thanks for the opportunity to help Ashley and her family, she is such an inspiration to me.

  6. 6
    Britt says:

    Do you still need donations? I want to help!!

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    Katie says:

    I would LOVE to donate items for your auction! Sending an email now :)

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    Susan says:

    Amy – I was so moved reading your post – and then seeing the “Rite of Passage” video. We will keep this family in our prayers!

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    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! I cried the first time I read about this! She is going to be ecstatic! You guys are unbelievable! God really does answer prayers! Love you dearly, Perry

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    Jenn says:

    This is awesome. I just emailed Wendy to see if I could contribute something for the auction. Ashley is so amazing. I’d love to do something to help.

  11. 11

    Email sent!! So honored to be able to help!

  12. 12

    Amy,

    A while back you had blogged about Ashley losing her Dad and I was truly overwhelmed by her spirit of “choosing joy”! I did not know about this and my heart goes out to her and her family! I would love to contribute to the auction and do whatever I can. You and her group of friends are awesome for putting this together! Thanks for giving us readers a chance to show their family our love!

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    kara s. says:

    emailed this morning about dontating! <3

    I have been following ashley's blog for years and now telling everyone i know to read and pray. <3

  15. 15

    I will be adding the button to my blog! I read Ashley’s blog everyday and have it listed on my site. She is an amazing woman!

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    Bethany says:

    Is there any place you’ve got the items up for viewing? I’ve been reading her blog for awhile now and am so encouraged by her upbeat attitude. If it was me, I’m not sure what I would do. My funds are small, but if there’s a place where we can see what’s up for grabs, I’d definitely start setting aside a little every paycheck to build up so I can contribute! Keeping Ash and her family in my thoughts and prayers!

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    Jody says:

    Such a wonderful, thoughtful post and great benefit!!

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    Dawn says:

    Such a wonderful thing to do for her and her family. It’s very hard to ask for help and its so nice that you guys are stepping in and not giving her a choice :) I sent an email regarding a donation, please let me know what I can do to help.

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    Kirstin C says:

    I went to college with Ashley – I’ll definitely participate in the auction but I’d love to contribute something to auction off. Please email me! :)

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    Krisha says:

    I’m so honored to be apart of such a wonderful fundraiser. Thank you for including me! Ashley is such a source of inspiration for us all!

  21. 21
    Misty says:

    Shared! Ashley is the sweetest person and she deserves something like this to help out!

  22. 22
    angela says:

    Shared! How do I find out how I can donate an actual item to auction? Please let me know! Hugz <3 Angela

  23. 23

    Count me in – whatever you need! I have been following her for awhile now & feel like she is one of my friends even though I have never met her. I tell everyone how amazing she is & about her story & how I wish there was some way to help. So THANK YOU for giving me a chance to do something!!!! Prayers to her every day!!! xoxo

  24. 24

    This is incredible! Ashley is amazing and I think her story makes me cry every single time I get on her blog. She has an incredible strength.

  25. 25
    Samantha says:

    I would like to donate items for the auction as well. Can you send me the details please?

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    zach says:

    I wish i had a 30,000,000 Picaso to donate to the auction….she brings incredible insperation to graap life!!!

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    Mande says:

    Love Ashley and we pray for her every day. Praying they find a treatment she can respond too, and that she kicks cancers butt! I am in awe of her positive attitude and her beautiful spirit. You & Team Ashley are so wonderful to do this Amy. XOXO

  28. 28

    What a Amazing Woman!
    Could you make a Long Banner Ad for me to place at the TOP of my blog :) I would love to help out with passing the word around .. Also I’m going to look at my supplies and see what I can donate to the cause .

  29. 29
    Carol fiorella says:

    Have been reading Ashley’s blogg for some time and just love her talents. It is heartbreaking,but she just keeps going.My prayers are with her. would be honored to donate

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    Amber says:

    Hi! I emailed you about donating items… Let me know! Thanks!

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    Sherri says:

    What kind of items are you looking for to add to the auction? Can you email me details? I would like to help if I can.

  32. 32

    is it possible for someone to create an event on fb so we can ‘attend’ and be reminded of the auction? Or if this is already done, can you post a link?

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    Stella says:

    Oh my! My heart goes out to you and your beautiful family! I would love to donate anything I can! I own a small mineral makeup and jewelry company..please let me know what I can do to help!

    God bless you! Lifting you and yours with prayers! Xoxoxo <3

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    kara s says:

    Hey!! Is there another way to reach you??? I emailed about donating an item. Would love to help!

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    Zoe B says:

    Eager to hear back about the email I sent about donating an item! :D Praying that this is an amazing Blessing to Ashley and her family!

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    angel says:

    Please let me know how to help…from Chicago

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    Kim says:

    Friendship is a blessing and the time shared together always is special but it’s the friends that continue to be at your side when you need them the most…this is true friendship beyond any words. Praying for Ashley, her family and friends…

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    Judy D. says:

    Amy, is there any way to preview the February auction items? I’m assuming this will be an online event and am hoping to hear all about it. Many thanks–Judy

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    Sending you an email now to donate something.

  42. 42

    I’m in!! Good luck to Ashley and her family!!!! Blessings!

  43. 43
    Amie says:

    What an awesome way to honor an awesome woman!!

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    [...] below to read Amy’s (of Evy’s Tree) great post she put together about how I got here….and about the Team Ashley [...]

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    Christy McFalls says:

    Amy,
    I am in tears and without words. Ashley is my sister-in-law. I live across the country from them so I sometimes feel very helpless (except I know all my prayers are heard). I just want to thank you soooo much for the kindness and support you are showing Ashley. Thank You and God Bless!!!!

  46. 46
    Melanie G says:

    I think this is a great idea! I’ve been following Lil Blue Boo for a few months now. I’d love to donate to the auction. I’ve email you.
    Thanks for doing this!

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    sarah says:

    I’ve been following ashley for a couple years now. She is so inspiring. I would love to donate some items I make as a wahm. Please email me.

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    Kim says:

    I will happily add this button to my blog. Ashley has inspired me so much to be a better person. I follow her everyday and she is always in my thoughts and prayers.

  49. 49

    This is amazing, thanks for your great post and your wonderful idea! I’ll send an e-mail to you concerning a donation, and I’ll post about the auction on my blog.
    I’m wearing a “Choose Joy” bracelet :)

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    Ashley Cain says:

    Is there any chance yall are going to make more doughnut shirts? They already sold out.

    Ashley

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    shelley says:

    Thank-you sooo much for helping my precious Ashley and her family. We have churches praying all over the country for her healing. May the Lord bless you and your hard work and love you are showing. Her mom

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    Jane says:

    Gosh, just saw this and it brings back memories. I had a molar pregnancy 20 years ago. Was told not to get pregnant for 2 years. It never happened. I was never able to get pregnant again. Then I had a scare with some places in my breast which ended up fine. But then 12 years ago I was dx with Multiple Myeloma. My prayers go with Ashley and her family. Will add her to my prayer list.

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    Lauren says:

    I am so excited to contribute to Ashley’s auction and hope they raise a lot of money for her medical bills! She has wonderful family and friends and I hope her the fastest recovery :)

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    Borie says:

    This is so wonderful. Please let me know how can I donate my hand knitted item to the auction.
    God bless you for everything you do!

  55. 55

    Hi there, i would love to contribute to this auction but now sure how and who to… could you please email me these details to info@willowmae.com.au
    Many Thanks
    Mon

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    Kris says:

    Hi – I don’t supposed there is any chance this is an ONLINE auction, is it??? :-)

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    Kris says:

    Oh!!! I just found the answer to my question… it is an online auction! Looking forward to it and helping Ashley!

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