Tuesday, March 19, 2013

sparkle, shine, find a cure...

Ciao friends!

I want to introduce you to a very special person.  
Please meet my friend, Kim.  Kim is a mom and wife living in Atlanta, GA with her one year old daughter and husband, Tad. 

Kim, Tad, and Sydney

While Kim was pregnant with her daughter, Sydney, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Shortly after Sydney was born, Kim had brain surgery, and since then she has spent her entire first year as a mother undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.  But she is a super star--the brightest of stars--and instead of letting this challenge get the best of Kim and steal away her joy, Kim has risen to the challenge.  In a recent conversation Kim explained to me how she had found so many blessings in this diagnosis and how she had learned to live for the moment and embrace every single day.  She said to me, "Kiley, this awful news really was the best thing that ever happened to me.  I think I am actually living my life for the first time."  Can you imagine being that amazing?  She really blows me away.  I mean, really blows me away.  

Mama and baby Sydney taking in her first beach trip

If we all had that kind of sparkle, don't you think the world would shine a little brighter???  

I do...

Kim did not stop with just living life to the fullest, being an awesome mom and becoming an even stronger partner in her marriage.  No...she decided to get involved and do something. With the help of friends, Team Kim was founded through Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) and has been raising money to fund cutting edge research and find a cure for brain cancer.  This past Sunday Team Kim participated in the Publix Marathon/Half Marathon in Atlanta and has already raised over $15,000.  How amazing is that?!?!

Kim with dear friends and co-founders of Team Kim, Jamie and Casey

But wait...Kim is still not finished.  She recently put her amazing style and fashion sense to work and collaborated with me on a small collection of jewelry that we will be selling to benefit Team Kim and ABC2.  It is inspired by Kim's grandmother's beautiful collection of custom made jewelry that Kim inherited and wears everyday.  As a tribute to her grandmother, Kim gave each piece a name that reminded her of the her grandmother.  

The Team Kim Collection 

The Peregrine Necklace, Martha Earrings and May Bracelet are made of jade, jet, crystal and brass, and as usual, they are made entirely by hand by yours truly.
Available at a special promotional price, the limited edtion jewelry will be available online from now until mid June, and 100% of the profits will be donated to Team Kim.  You can visit the shop by clicking on the button below or logging onto kileydurham.bigcartel.com.  

click here to visit the shop!

To learn more about Kim and her courageous journey, please stop by her blog, What's on Kim's Brain and the Team Kim Facebook page
And for more info about Kiley Durham for Team Kim you can contact me here or use the contact link at the top. 

Let's sparkle, shine and find a cure!  


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