12.10.2009

A Giveaway for You~

Hi Everybody~

Today I have a great giveaway sponsored by my friend Melissa Biggs. I first got to know Melissa after she was featured in Where Women Create Issue 3. Melissa is an actress (if you ever watched Baywatch you may remember her as one of those lovely lifeguards) and a fashion designer (she previously designed for Guess and now designs her own line - but we'll get to that in a minute). But, to me, Melissa's most important role is that of spokeswoman for the Alpha-1 Association.



Melissa Biggs via her website

For those of you who have read this blog for a while, you may recall that my three boys all suffer from
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (If you don't know what Alpha-1 is OR you'd like to read my boys' story OR both, click here.)


After reading Melissa's feature in Where Women Create, I did something unexpected, I just started crying. I don't know if it is because Alpha-1 is relatively unknown or exactly what it was that moved me, but I knew I had to get in touch with her and find out how I could get more involved in the Alpha-1 Community. Even though it was the middle of the night, I ran downstairs, hopped on the computer and fired off an email to Jo Packham, editor of Where Women Create (if any of you ever wondered what kind of an amazing woman she might be, here's proof). I explained to her that my boys all have Alpha-1 and that I'd like to be able to get in touch with Melissa. Well, Jo forwarded my email, and within a day, I got an email back from Melissa. We emailed back and forth, and a few days later chatted for over an hour on the phone about ways I could get involved with the Alpha-1 community. Needless to say Melissa, who has the disease herself, is a great proponent of Alpha-1 Awareness, and is an inspiration.

Melissa in Where Women Create via her Website
Melissa now designs her own line of clothing called P.G.D.Style and has generously agreed to give one reader of the Shabby Nest their own Long Sleeve P.G.D. Basic Tee (a $48 value). This tee is perfect for the cold season, perfect for layering, just perfect.



All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you're entered to win. That's it. Drawing ends Friday, December 11 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be announced Monday morning.


One last note: Melissa designed the tee pictured above especially for Alpha-1 Awareness. The proceeds from the sale of this shirt go directly to Alpha-1 research. Available on-line soon. I will keep you all posted.
The Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered.

Have a great Thursday~

114 comments:

Stefanie said...

She sounds like an exceptional woman!

I'm impressed by both of you!

GrammaGrits said...

Encouraging post. Thanks, too, for th giveaway!

Pony Girl said...

I have never heard of Alpha-1 either, thank you for posting about it and increasing awareness. Melissa sounds like a wonderful person, and her clothing designs look cool and comfy! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway, thanks for hosting! :)

Carisa said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. The t-shirt looks awesome for layering.
cpetrienm@yahoo.com

Janna said...

I had never heard of Alpha-1 before. Thanks for posting and giveaway!

sanctified by truth said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Great way to get the info out & a great giveaway!

arkie said...

I had never heard of this condition! Thanks for sharing all the information!

Mihills Family Blog said...

Sounds like a wonderful work!

Debbie
rlmdam@sbcglobal.net

Kristin said...

I would love to win this! Perfect for cold weather layering!

Kate said...

Wow what an inspiration and such a beautiful shirt.

Thank you for the awesome post

Kate

Marianne@Songbird said...

How wonderful that you got to meet her and that she is such a nice person. Gonna click now on you alpha link, because I have never heard of it.

Erica Wyatt said...

So cool

Addie's Mommy said...

Wow...I had never heard of alpha 1. Thank you so much for this post and the information. And the clothing line looks amazing as well. =o)

Ria said...

nice tee

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love the tee. Never hear of alpha 1, thanks for the info. I know what it means to have a sick child - mine was hospitalized for a severe case of meningo-encephalitis when he was a baby!

YoYo said...

That tee looks so nice as I sit here at my desk freezing!

Kelly said...

I learned something new today ... thank you for raising awareness about Alpha-1. And thank you for the chance to play!

Shana said...

I had never heard of Alpha-1. Thanks for posting and doing what you can to raise awareness!

Invited In said...

I love blogging.... yet another way to build a support network or get the word out about things that are important to you and so many others. Thanks for sharing!!

Shilo said...

Heading over to read your post on Alpha 1. So glad you have found a friend and an advocate to relate to through your family's journey! Blessings!
Shilo

Brooke Petersen said...

I have also never heard of Alpha-1. Thanks for sharing, and for connecting us to this great clothing designer!

Emily said...

I just read your other post. You've raised my awareness of it, for sure.

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

Thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

Piney Rose said...

Oooooooh, I would love to win! Thanks. Melissa

Sarah said...

I've never heard of this before, but will definitely be reading more about it. Thanks for doing the giveaway and getting the info out there!

Stacey said...

It is great when we don't have to walk a journey alone and that someone has gone ahead of you! Having someone who can understand is so important.


Many blessings,
Stacey

vintage girl at heart said...

What a great voice she is for the
A1A cause!!

C-re said...

I'm so glad that you are finding more and more that you are not alone in the A-1 fight. What wonderful women you both are!

The Chubby Dove said...

I had never heard of Alpha 1 until I read your posts.

Thank you for sharing that information and I hope and pray they find a cure.

paige said...

completely in the dark about alpha1--off to read your info.
xo

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Thanks for a great giveaway - she sounds like an inspiring woman!

The Fuller Family said...

I'm glad that you are able to work together for a great cause. Hopefully awareness of Alpha-1 has increased greatly due to your story and Melissa's designs.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Tiffany said...

What a neat story of how you got connected. God works in such amazing ways to bring people together. So cool.

Thanks for the chance to win that fabulous shirt!

Suzy said...

Hope everyone is doing well. We miss you guys!

paperjunk-lc said...

What a great way to raise awareness.

Lindsey@creativeattempts said...

Very cute, hope I win :)

maryjt said...

Great info. Thanks for the opportunity to be enlightened.

Nutty said...

Its so nice when those in the public eye give back. And what a nice giveaway. Thank you!

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

I had never heard of this, either. Your story is so touching-no mother can help but recognize the pain and angst you must have gone through with the first diagnosis and then the subsequent two.

May you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Jennifer K. said...

What a great giveaway. I recently found your blog and have bookmarked it. You've inspired me. Thanks.

myflsun said...

If I win and put that shirt on, will I look like Melissa?? Cause that's what I'm hoping!
What a great cause she is involved in, too!

Kathy

Allison said...

A great woman, a great designer, and a great cause!

MoniCue said...

Talent and a good heart--both of you.
MoniCue

Norse, Jesica, and Boden said...

Thanks for the information on Alpha-1, I was unaware of this condition.

It is nice to see a beautiful designer/actress using her talents to spread the word and be a good example of perseverance!

Lene said...

Thanks for the info and cute giveaway.

Melissa said...

That is wonderful that you can be more connected to a cause that means so much to you.

Cottage lover said...

Wow! How great is she! Thanks for another very interesting post.

Kelly said...

Very awesome. Great women for a great cause!

Stacey said...

How awesome! Awareness of medical diseases/conditions is SO important! And please enter me in the giveaway too! :)
Blessings,
Stacey

The Whispering Creek House said...

A great way to further the cuase! well doone! your so very strong!

Julie said...

That's an inspiring story! I wish you and your boys success with dealing with the Alpha 1!

Beth said...

Oh, please enter me too! What a great way to make an impact. P.S. Love your tips on your blog - I have learned some neat things from you!

Gaj said...

Thanks for the post. I would like to be entered.

Christina

Hillcrest Acres said...

Thanks for sharing.

Those tees look so comfy so please count me in on this great giveaway.

wildwesthome said...

How wonderful that you found her! As a mom of a child with her own medical issues, I can certainly relate to the desire for awareness and fundraising to help raise awareness and possibly find a cure/ease suffering. Kudos to you both!

Elizabeth said...

Wow that's amazing! I'm so glad you got in touch with her so you can be more involved. Great giveaway too!
Happy Holidays!!
-Elizabeth

Andrea said...

What an inspiring story...& Melissa's designs are lovely. Thanks for the introduction.

lise said...

As always, I am impressed by you Wendy and how you manage your family especially with a health issue. We too work every day with a health issue with our children. I do remember Melissa from Baywatch and her clothes are beautiful.
Thanks for sharing and good luck with all the packing.
Lise

Kristina said...

Wow, I had no idea. I'm going to read your post about your son...

squishsmom said...

AWESOME...Thanks :) We have 14 inches of snow right now and it's below zero...that shirt looks like something I could snuggle up in :)

Laura said...

Awesome giveaway!

lmerritt49903@gmail.com

Jen said...

She sounds like a true gem. I'm so glad she took the time to help and encourage you.

The shirts look soooo cozy, too! Yum!

Jen @ Jentility
twodigs@mrlebendig.com

Mandy said...

So glad you found a teammate in your journey with Alpha-1 - thanks for the great blog and giveaway...

Judy said...

You rarely hear about the good things people do and this is definitely someone doing good with her creativity. Love it.

Andrea said...

Thanks for sharing. I love to layer with tees!

Carol said...

Wow, she's super talented! I love the t!

Karen said...

Thanks so much for bringing Alpha-1 awareness to us all. I used to be a nurse (life before kids) and I've never heard of this disease before coming to your blog.

Cute shirt! If you throw in that pair of jeans pictured, I would be in HEAVEN!
Karen M

MMW said...

I have never heard of Alpha-1. Great way to spread the awareness.

And you two ladies are sooooo talented. Seriously. Envious.

THE TATTERED NEST said...

great give away...great way to spread the word on Alpha 1. Thank you!

Kasey said...

what a great post girlie.
sorry i haven't been over in a while..
i'm just regrouping.
xo

slip4 said...

What a neat woman! I'd love one of her T's.

Shannon said...

I had never heard of Alpha-1 until you posted about it last year. THanks for the giveaway chance!

Sharon said...

As a mother of a young son with special needs....I know what it's like to make every possible effort to try to make their life better. The Lord is soooo good to have put you two on the same path like that! I'd love to be entered! Count me in!

Danielle said...

The long sleeve tee is just what I need to keep warm in the frigid weather we are experiencing here in Utah. Thanks for the info on Alpha-1.

ronda said...

Wow...what a great way to get your message out....so encouraging...thank you for sharing and giving...I'm so happy to be entered in this giveaway!!

Jen R. said...

She sounds like such a wonderful person and I am so glad you connected with her.

Spears said...

I LOVE layering t's...thanks for the giveaway!
sarah
smatti78@yahoo.com

Tyree said...

Cool giveaway--great way to spread awareness!

coupontyree @ gmail.com

Sweet Daisy Mae said...

Love the t-shirt... perfect for our cold days here in Wisconsin. My blessings (and prayers) to your family. You sound like an amazing mom!

Michaele said...

.. yet another example of the wonderful connections and bonds we make in BlogLand!

Michaele

Cherry Tree Lane said...

I loved learning more about her! Thank you for the giveaway!

cousin Deb said...

Love the t shirt thanks for the giveaway!

KolentynePoppy said...

Something about people telling about their lives...joins us...bonds us...and reminds us that we are all in this together! Thank you for opening up and sharing this part of your life with us!

I don't want to win anything. I just wanted to let you know that I was touched by your story!

Your sweet children will be in my prayers. And you, too, because I am a mother and I understand on that cosmic level how we feel about our little miracles!

With gentle care,
Kolein - NY

Dee said...

thanks for letting us know about this condition, and thanks for the giveaway.

zachandarielle said...

Like many others, I had never heard of Alpha-1 either. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting such a great giveaway!

KELLI said...

Love it!

Kasey Hunt said...

Thanks for the information. I have never heard of that before.

The Clines said...

Now that's a talented lady! Thanks for the giveaway!

Meg said...

count me in! love those kind of tee shirts... although I'll have to wait until baby arrives to be able to flaunt it around!

~Meg

JenniferB said...

I had never heard of Alpha-1 thanks for the info and thanks for the giveaway

ejxd95@gmail.com

Peterson Family said...

The tshirt is really cute! I had never heard of Alpha-1 either. Thank you for sharing this with your readers.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Melissa sounds so inspirational! Thanks for the chance to win one of her shirts!

Sandra said...

Thank you for all you do and thank you for making me aware of something I had no idea existed.
Hugs and prayers for your family.

The Popes said...

I love connections like that!

kris said...

I hope I win!
kstoner@crosspointe.org

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

I hadn't heard either! Loving the info and the cute shirt!

Trisha said...

what a great way to make others aware! trishajones29@gmail.com

allthingsjuice said...

I had never heard of Alpha. Thanks for using your blog to share this information!

TBonesMom said...

Melissa is truly an inspiration...talented, beautiful, and kind with a giant heart to boot!

Thanks for the giveaway and God bless.

Katee said...

What a great idea! It is so empowering to be an advocate for your children.

Casey said...

Great giveaway! I love that it means something!

Bombtastic Belle said...

Great giveaway, thanks for the chance :)
eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

Liz said...
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Liz said...

I learned so much from your blog about Alpha-1. What a blessing that they were able to diagnose it now so you can pray daily for a cure. What a great mom for getting involved.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Megan said...

Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lauren said...

awesome giveaway- the shirts look long & lean which is awesome to find!!

thanks so much for stopping by today!! :)
xoxox,
lauren

Raych said...

What a wonderful story!

LuLu said...

It's so cute!!! Count me in!!!
xo,
LuLu

carol said...

never heard of alpha1 before. Great Post!

Marilyn Holeman said...

Wow, Wendy. I had never heard of Alpha 1 before today. I will join you in praying for a cure. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks, and blessings.

ApachesPrincess said...

Thank you for posting about this..I am one of the many that hasn't heard about Alpha 1 before.

prashant said...

Encouraging post. Thanks, too, for the

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giveaway!

Sarah said...

I hadn't heard of alpha-1 before. Thanks for sharing