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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria

Imagine living in a foreign country, going about your daily life as a teacher and jewelry supplier when suddenly, you don’t feel well.  You go to the Dr.’s hoping for the best, but hear the worst. You need heart surgery, specifically, artery repair. Your insurance refuses to cover it. The Dr.’s will only operate if you have $12,000 – upfront.

This is what is happening right now to Tanya of Aardvark Silver. She is an Australian who is currently living in Thailand. The past month since her diagnoses she has been riddled with pain in her chest and arm.  Stairs are particularly difficult. She states in her blog “I get the strangest looks from people as I stop and wait because I seem to look very healthy and am a young woman. I watch the old people bound up the stairs ahead of me…”

The great news is the beading community is rallying around her to help raise the funds she so desperately needs. MaryLou Holvenstot’s etsy shop time 2 cre8 is donating half the proceeds from her peyote stitch patterns to Tanya’s efforts. Facebook  page “Have a Heart for Tayna” is where you can see what other jewelry people are doing to help.

Time is running out, as the surgery is scheduled for Sunday, January 31, 2010. If you are able, please click here and donate. Please keep our friend Tanya in your thoughts and prayers! Thank you!

If you have any questions about beading, or helping hands, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com.