I wanted so much to join my friend Lori Anderson in this Blog Hop for such a great cause. I promised to post about it here and participate in a dependable manner. I was supposed to post this yesterday. I've been feeling rather guilty that I missed the deadline. I broke my promise. Then I was reminded that the burdens of my failures are only temporary. After all, the reason my post is late was due to my own personal physical limitations...of which I have no control. At least my health issues have names, there are scientists actively working on treatments and looking for cures.
7000 Bracelets of Hope is a about supporting the families of those with rare illnesses that have no cure, few answers, and are just beginning the long and winding journey to healing. The bracelets made will be sent to The Global Genes Project and distributed to these families as a reminder that there is hope and to give them a touch of beauty in an otherwise dark and hopeless place. Please visit their site to learn more about this project and how you can help!
As the mother of a child with a rare genetic illness this was even more more important and closer to my heart than most of the projects I have participated in. I remember the years of wandering lost and alone, along with doctors and therapists who knew little more than I about what was happening to our child. At the time there were few studies being done, few treatment options and little hope of a any real future for our daughter.
When I heard the theme of these bracelets was blue...as in "Blue Gene" blue I knew immediately I wanted to use Sodalite beads but didn't happen to have any in my stash. I had been holding on to a gift certificate I'd received for Christmas for a bead shop, and thankfully I knew it would be there I could find the beads I needed for this project!
This is my contribution.....
I named this bracelet "The Journey to Healing". It's a long, winding journey, with loops and switchbacks, curves, ups and downs, and sometimes seems absolutely endless. But at the center of that journey is a circle of hope surrounding one life, one disease, one family. The journey, the search, the pain, the constant belief and prayers that around the next turn a diagnosis, a treatment, a cure WILL be found is worth it for someone you love...no matter how long it takes!
There are so many other jewelry artists who answered the call for this project! I was amazed at the numbers and frankly I was overwhelmed at the artistry and dedication to help those families they didn't know. I don't know those families either but I remember our personal journey and for that reason I want to thank all of these artists personally and especially Lori Anderson who suffers from a rare illness for starting this very special 7000 Bracelets of Hope Blog Hop! Thank You all so very much for caring!!
Here are links to the other Artist Blogs who participated. Please visit their Blogs to see the beautiful contributions they made.
If you are just learning about this and would like to make a bracelet to send in, send your bracelet, including a business card and a note to the family receiving your bracelet to: