Monday, April 4, 2011

A Winner & Blogging for Charlie- Help a Blogger's son in Need

His older brother, Walker's Art for Charlie. Find it and other great items at

My friend Sarah from La Maison Boheme had a baby boy last August. It was determined that Charlie had a stroke in utero and also his little skull had fused prematurely in the womb. The stroke can mean effects on Charlie's motor skills, cognitive and language development.

Charlie is going to have craniofacial surgery this summer  and this is Sarah's plea for assistance.

"One thing that I have learned from Charlie is to ask for help when I need it - humbling, but necessary. Today, I'm finally reaching out to my blog community to help us raise money for Charlie's surgery. Thankfully, we have insurance, but his surgery is out of network and we are on the hook for 40 percent of the total cost. Some dear friends of ours have already created a blog called Help Charlie Heal where friends and family have made and continue to make direct donations to Charlie's medical fund. Now, my son, Walker (Charlie's older brother) and I have opened an Etsy shop to help raise money for Charlie's upcoming surgery. We're selling art cards that feature Walker's original art work."  Sarah from La Maison Boheme

Charlie's Birth Story

The Inception of "Help Charlie Heal"

Help Charlie Heal Etsy

Link to Video about Charlie

Please do anything you can to help this wonderful Family The Greenman's. Sarah is such a blessing to the blogging community!

Now The Winner of the Fabulous Giveaway from The Zhush, an Eiffel Tower Desk Set is..............Renee Finberg  of

Congratulations Renee



David Toms said...

Going to visit their Etsy shop right away! I work for a social service organisation here in Toronto, that deals with children with developmental disabilities,so this is close to my heart.

Renée Finberg said...

are you kidding??
i have never won anything???

thank you
thank you
thank you

it is purrrrrrfect for me!!!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

What a sweet post and cause, Karena. Thanks for sharing so we all have the chance to help.
Be blessed!
xo Heidi @ Show Some Decor

Unknown said...

Hoping everyone clicks over and helps support sweet Charlie!!!

Splendid Sass said...

Such a touching story. I wish them all the best and will keep them in my prayers.
Congratulations, Rene.

Simply LKJ said...

What a great cause, and such a sweet thing for a brother to do. Going to visit their shop!

Divine Theatre said...

I purchased a pack of 8 cards to use as a giveaway in my shelter pet series!

Unknown said...

Thanks for posting about Charlie. I just read about him on another blog. This is what I love about blogging... the ability to help people in need.

FrenchBlue said...

Congratulations to Renee! Love the feel of this art but especially the cause. Thanks for sharing this~

Kayla said...

Getting over to the Etsy shop right away.

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Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

thanks for letting us know! I just tweeted about it :)

Silvia C said...

Thanks, Karena, for letting us know. It gives us a chance to help out to such a worthy cause.

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

Congrats to Renee.

Thanks for sharing the link to raise money for Charlie. Love his artwork!

Danielle Sigwalt Interiors said...

My heart goes out to Charlie and his entire family. My son's name is Charlie and just the thought of something happening to him makes me so scared, so I can't even imagine how the family is coping right now. I went to purchase those adorable notecards and it was nice to see they were completely sold out. xx Danielle

24 Corners said...

I just went to the shop and was thrilled to see that all the stock had been purchased...such a blessing (more are being made)! This is so special not only for Charlie but also for Walker...what a beautiful way to help his little brother.
I'll be checking back soon...
xo J~


Karena, You have such a sweet and generous spirit . . . always promoting other artists. And now using your blog to assist a family in need. I really like that about you.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that is so inspiring. What a story. The art work is beautiful too.
I hope you are enjoying your week.
Happy Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

This is such a sad, tragic story. I will do what I can to help. His brother's art is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Deepali Kalia Interior Design Blog Filling Spaces said...

Thanks for sharing this amazing story,

JDF said...

This is an incredible story, Karena...I'm keeping Charlie in my prayers. Off to see their Etsy shop now...xxoo A

French said...

oops that's me posting above, as Janis, I am on my sis's computer!

Julie L. Light said...

Thank you so much for letting us know about sweet little Charlie. I'm on my way to check it out right now.

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Karena~
I missed the Z's
giveaway, but just
wanted to say hello
and compliment you
for your caring heart.
What a tough road for
little Charlie and
his parents. Off to
xx Suzanne

Unknown said...

so sweet of your to post about hte cards for charlie. i'm off the the etsy shop as i type!

*Chic Provence* said...

Hi Karena

These are wonderful cards! you are good woman to help and to post this about little Charlie..I'm off to read more and visit etsy shop...

have a sweet day!


Couture Carrie said...

Beautiful work and cause.
And congrats to Renee!

CC said...

Karena! What a BEAUTIFUL post and so giving! You are such a special lady:)


BonjourRomance said...

Thank you for letting us know about this KArena. Will head over to the Etsy shop now.
THank you for your visit too, always a pleasure to hear from you.
Bonne weekend,

Completely Coastal said...

You got to love this about blogging and the internet..., you can reach out for help and reach so many people!!!

Thanks for stopping by too...., and if you read Remarkable Creatures, let me know what you think!!!!

Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...

Karena- Thank you for sharing. Charlie is such a beautiful boy!

Glad you enjoyed Sarah's interview on my blog. Sarah is such a strong mother. I am wishing them a successful surgery and the family is in our prayers.


LenoreNeverM♡re said...

What a great cause, and such a lovely thing for a brother to do...
Thank you for the intro, shall check the link, Karena!


Musings Of A Gem said...

Hi Karena!

Thank you so much for visiting & commenting on my blog : ) Cindy is great isn't she?

It's so sad to hear about your friends child...I really hope enough money is raised.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Gemma x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh I had seen this about sweet Charlie on another blog...and yes, I KNOW the money will be raised for this cause...what a beautiful little boy. Thank you for taking a moment today to visit my frivolous post are kind!!!! HAVE A GREAT DAY, Anita

annechovie said...

God bless sweet little Charlie! Congrats to Renee also. Have a great weekend. xx

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear Karena
What a heartfelt story and worthy cause.. I'll pop over to their etsy shop..

Congrats to Renee.. lucky girl..

And.. thanks for your kind comments re my blog.. my own design.. work in progress .. ie.. always changing.. hehehe..

Have a great day.. ciao xxx Julie

under spanish moss said...

We are keeping Charlie and his family in our prayers!!!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Such a moving story, thank you for sharing it. I will go to the etsy shop.

michelle said...

Thank you for posting this Karena, they are certainly in my prayers and what a wonderful way to raise money. Off to go look at their shop.

Thank you for visiting, I always love hearing from you. :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karena,

thank you for sharing about little Charlie and my prayers and thoughts are with the family.
I will go and take a look at the Etsy shop, love the paintings.
Many thanks for visiting me and the kind words you left.

Happy week

Jessica said...

This is so sweet. We will definitely be checking out this esty shop.

In honor of our blogs recent birthday we are hosting a giveaway. Stop by and enter.

Beben Koben said...

nice to meet you...salom from Beben Koben si bloglang anu ganteng kalem tea \m/

Sarah Greenman said...

The Help Charlie Heal art card shop is restocked again! Thank you to everyone for your support and outpouring of love.

K&B by the Sea said...

Wow, Walker is definitely an artist in the making! It's so heartwarming to see such a bond between Walker and Charlie. I'm sure with all the love and support that Charlie is receiving, he's going to come through his medical problems with flying colours.

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

I love that you have such the biggest heart and it's so obvious and eloquently integrated into you blog :) That art work is quite beautiful and I am sure there will be plenty who will support the beautiful boy you have brought to light. XO, Kelly

Diana Mieczan said...

What a beautiful cause and a stunning post, my dear

Ps: I’m hosting a charming necklace GIVEAWAY later today! Hope you’ll join in:)

Mona Thompson said...

Congrats to Renee and my prayers and deepest thoughts to Charlie and his family.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Karena, Thank you for sharing this. My prayers go out to the family and I am on my way to Etsy now.

Dr. Paulo Meade Treviño said...

What a great cause! Stories like this one really resonate with me. My thought, prayers and good vibes to Charlie and his family.

My Galveston Cottage said...

My best to Charlie and his family!

The Preppy Princess said...

This is such a fabulous post Karena, I love learning about such a great cause. I am off to look at Sarah's site and probably buy some cards. They are beautiful, the colors are lush and striking.

Sending you a smile,

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

beautiful cause and beautiful pieces.


My Galveston Cottage said...

Wanted to return to invite you over to "my place" for a GiveAway of hand-painted porcelain house numbers from Denmark. I want one of those bags!! So great....Have a great weekend, -susan

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