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This is a pin I designed for a dear friend of mine. Two Ribbons intertwined to form a heart. Tami and I went through our treatment todether and it stands for the strength, courage, and hope she gave me. It stands for the support help and care from family, friends, doctors and all caregivers. For with thier help we can “Survive Together”.

I am getting ready to celebrate 6 years. Tami passed in 2005 just before the pin was produced. Just before she passed, I promised her she would make the pin happen and give her the first prototype and first pin. I made the prototype from bakable clay and she passed the day after. From that day I have dedicated my spare time and all proceeds from ALL of my art to help wipe out this terrible disease. I had the pin design copyright protected in 2005 and I would love to see it everywhere to honor survivors and thier caregivers.

At her funeral I gave her husband and children the prototype and he asked me to pin it on Tami, to keep my promise. He told me she couldn’t wait to see it. I was touched that he asked me to do this. I know she would have loved it. After the pin was produced, I gave him and Tami’s mom the very first pins.

Copyright 2005

Proceeds from pin sales go to the American Cancer Society, Breast cancer research.
Pins can be purchased for $10+ shipping, by e-mailing me at srksparks@bellcouth.net.
Pin has been produced in the colors representing different cancers.

In Honor of Tami Lee.
And all who have fought and are now in Gods arms.

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cancer, hope, pin, courage, survivors, breast cancer, pink ribbon

I have always loved art. It doesn’t matter what media I work with. I love trying new things or just making things up. I love to sew and design. I am a breast cancer survivor and a big advocate of raising money for research, and helping others with care and treatment. Please enjoy my artwork. I put my heart and soul into every piece. God Bless and BIG OLE SOUTHERN HUGS FROM MY STUDIO TO YOU!

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  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309about 5 years ago

    I’m sorry that you and your friend Tami have had to go through this together and hope that both of you are doing much better now. This is a Beautiful piece of work Sandy! Thank you for sending it to In The Pink and hope that you will place it in the challenge.
    Teri

  • Thank you. I added the story behind it just now.
    God Bless
    Sandy

    – Sandy Sparks

  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309about 5 years ago

    Oh God Sandy, I’m so sorry that you lost your friend Tami, I will keep you both in my prayers…. Anytime you want to let loose, please feel free to b-mail me.
    Teri

  • Oh Teri thank you so much. I had a hard time dealing with it , but I am a lot better. She passed in 05 and working with the ACS and any breast cancer research co. helps me. I work directly with my onchologist talking to other patients and loved ones dealing with cancer. I am co-chair for our county Relay for Life, I do the walks here in Atlanta, I helped organize a Survivor Festival in our local park for the last 4 years. I have pledged to contribute my life and time to helping others who can’t afford treatment. My radiation onchologist sells my pins and 100% of that $ goes to help pay for meds, gas, parking, or anything that patients need. So far he has raise over 200.00

    I am getting ready to contact American Greetings or Hallmark to market my “Remember” card design.

    I’m hoping someone sees my artwork and wants to help with the fight.

    Thanks for the shoulder…..
    Better get off the soap box……LOL
    God Bless

    – Sandy Sparks

  • Sandy Woolard
    Sandy Woolardabout 5 years ago

    WOW…What a wonderful tribute to all! This will be 4 yrs for me since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I remain involved too with Relay for Life in NC. My daughter even got herself a tatoo with the ribbon. It sounds like you have put your passion into helping others…WTG!!! I’m sorry to hear about your friend Tami. Good luck with all you do!!!

  • CONGRADULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Wow 4 years is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you so much. Tami is was such an inspiration, mentaly and physically and most of all spririturaly. She had such a great love of teaching ( she was my daughter’s 5th grade teacher.) and life.
    Her courage and devotion will always inspire me.
    God Bless you and “WAHOOOOOOOOO”
    BC Sisters’
    Sandy

    – Sandy Sparks

  • RajeevKashyap
    RajeevKashyapabout 5 years ago

    Excellent

  • Thank you = D

    – Sandy Sparks

  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309about 5 years ago

    Sandy, please enter this in our Pink Ribbon Challenge – group In The Pink.

  • I will darlin…. thanks for reminding me…getting things together for you………… = D

    – Sandy Sparks

  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309almost 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE PINK RIBBONS CHALLENGE AT IN THE PINK!

    !

  • Thank you so much sweetie……..
    God bless all who fight……..
    God Bless
    Sandy

    – Sandy Sparks

  • Sheryl Kasper
    Sheryl Kasperalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on winning the In The Pink Challenge. Beautiful design and the story of this design is very touching. I am glad you are doing well now!

  • Thank you so much……
    God Bless
    Sandy

    – Sandy Sparks

  • owlspook
    owlspookalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank You……. : D

    – Sandy Sparks

  • owlspook
    owlspookalmost 5 years ago

    (big smile) your work comes from your heart and it also makes a great card (smile) … spread the word my sister … we all need to be reminded (smile)
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    warning: standard pat answer to feature ‘thank you’ follows (big grin)

    you’re most welcome (big smile) … now don’t be a stranger … come visit often at Creative Cards … we’re looking forward to seeing more of your work and you also might like to check out the new forums too (big smile) especially the one on Promoting Our Work! (big smile)

    AND don’t forget to read the groups messages – important stuff! and vote in our challenges too! (big smile)

    ps. please remember NO PHOTOS or PHOTO MANIPULATION allowed in group .. AND only one posted card per day! thank you (smile)

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanalmost 5 years ago

  • THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHHHOOOOOPPPPIIIIEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    – Sandy Sparks

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