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CLICK is a monthly food photography event. It is a theme-based contest. You do not need a blog to participate. Each month, entries will be invited based on a culinary ingredient or concept. More about it HERE.

Previous editions of CLICK HERE.

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Updated on July 18, 2008

TOTAL on July 15, 2008 – around $17,000

LIST OF RAFFLE PRIZE WINNERS

CLICK: YELLOW PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

This is a special edition of CLICK, tinged with sadness and filled with hope.

Yellow is the happiest colour in the spectrum. It signifies hope and enlightenment. Though the work of the LiveStrong Foundation, it has also come to signify the fight against cancer.

This month’s CLICK is in honour of Briana Brownlow – ‘Bri’ to her friends.

CLICK YELLOW for Bri. It can be can ingredient, a dish, a concept, cookware, a location – anything in a culinary setting – and send it to us before June 30, 2008.

CLICK is a food photography contest. Please stick to the culinary theme.

This edition of CLICK has special prizes for the winners and is our means of showing our support for a very special friend and fellow blogger. RULES, PANEL OF JUDGES AND DETAILS BELOW.

Bri is one of the 5% of women diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 30. That was two and a half years ago. In her words,

“I was 28 … I was told I would need a mastectomy (full removal) of my right breast. It was horrifying and surreal. Particularly since I watched my mom go through her diagnosis of breast cancer, a mastectomy and chemotherapy 14 years earlier. She was just 41 and died within six months.”

In August 2007, she started Figs With Bri – a serene, beautiful space where she shares with us her creative experiments with wonderful local organic ingredients. A month and a half ago, her worst fears came true. She learnt that her cancer has returned and metastasized to her lungs, her lymph nodes and several areas in her bones and is at Stage IV. (More at Figs with Bri)

As the great Lance Armstrong said about people like himself battling cancer: “We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.”

Bri has chosen to fight like hell. Though fatigued and in pain, she makes us smile with her calm reassuring e-mails about how she’s feeling stronger and focusing on healing. She continues to blog with great clarity about her options, and enthuse us with her beautiful culinary creations.

Some of you have fought your own battles with cancer and many of you have had family members and close friends in Bri’s shoes. You are aware of the great toll cancer takes on the whole family. There are never-ending rounds of hospital visits to be made, different diagnoses to be sought, special meals to be prepared, time off to be taken from work … and huge bills to be paid.

How huge? To give you an idea, in the past two years, Bee has had two medical scares – one involved one MRI and one minor surgery, another involved one MRI and a physical exam. We had insurance coverage. Yet, our out-of-pocket costs for these preliminary screenings (that turned out negative for cancer) were close to 3,000 dollars.

It’s mind-blogging to contemplate how much those diagnosed with cancer have to shell out each time they visit the physician or the hospital, even with insurance. Ever since her cancer returned, Bri has had several rounds of diagnoses and tests. She’s approaching her treatment differently from two years ago, using alternatives like mistletoe extract injections (Iscador), Xeloda (a tablet form of chemo), powerfully healing herbs, a special organic diet, and much more.

We were distressed to learn that her health insurance has turned down her request to cover the holistic alternatives which she would like to try.

Bri needs to explore ALL treatment options, not just those her insurance is willing to cover. So we asked her for a number. How much would a year’s treatment cost in addition to insurance coverage? Could we help her raise that amount?

The answer was 12,000 U.S. dollars – that’s just for ONE YEAR. Four months of intensive chemo and surgery two years ago have given her a fair idea of what the monetary costs will be. Bri was concerned about putting out an appeal for such a large amount and wondered whether it was worthwhile to do so. Yes, it does appear daunting, but as Norman Vincent Peale said:
“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.”

When Bri and bloggers like her give so selflessly of their time, talent and knowledge, they do not expect anything in return. When she is faced with trying circumstances we, as fellow bloggers and readers, cannot direct the wind. However, as an acknowledgement of the positive impact she has had on our lives, we could at least try to steady the sails.

Right now, Bri needs to focus every ounce of her energy on healing. She is surrounded by a very loving family of artists – her husband Marc is a graphic and product designer. (See his site), her parents-in law Cynthia and Bill are web and graphic designers. They need to focus single-mindedly on caring for her and for each other, rather than worry about where the money for her treatment is going to come from.

We need 500 people willing to support Bri with a contribution of at least 25 dollars. That would help cover Bri’s out-of-pocket treatment costs for the next 12 months. Would you like to be one of them?

This edition of CLICK is more than a photo event. It is a fundraiser for our dear Briana. She was 15 when she saw her mother die of breast cancer. Now, she’s waging her own war.

A special thanks to
MANISHA @ Indian Food Rocks,
SHANKARI @ Stream of Consciousness and
GARRETT @ Vanilla Garlic

for helping us co-ordinate this effort. And to all the generous friends of Jugalbandi and Bri who contributed prizes for the raffle. You exemplify LOVE-IN-ACTION.

WE LOVE YOU, BRI !!!

HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

MAKE A DONATION

Using the Chip-In button, pay securely with your credit card or Pay Pal.

HOW TO DONATE WITH AN INTERNATIONAL CREDIT CARD

This links directly to Bri’s account, and every penny will go towards her treatment.

The LIST OF DONORS will be updated every two days HERE at Figs with Bri.

We wrote to some of our friends and fellow bloggers who have been part of CLICK in the past – as judges, winners and supporters. We wrote to some of Bri’s friends. And we were floored by their love and generosity.They have contributed some great prizes as part of a raffle for this fundraiser.

AFTER MAKING YOUR DONATION USING CHIP-IN

GO TO THE IMAGE GALLERY

The image gallery will take you to the DONATION PAGE. You can state which item you are bidding for on that page. There are also some extra prizes on offer by PARTICIPATING BLOGS. these prizes offered by PARTICIPATING BLOGS.

*** A package of gourmet goodies from Italy.
Donated by Joanne @ Frutto Della Passione. Includes olive oil, balsamic vinegar, saffron, dried porcini mushroom, black truffle chocolates and Illy coffee. Bid price: $25. Shipping: Worldwide.

*** A big loaf of homemade Portuguese Sweet Bread (Masa)
Donated by Denise and Laudalino. Details at Chez Us. Bid Price: $25. Code: Masa. Shipping: U.S. only.

*** A long list of edible and non-edible goodies from Wandering Chopsticks The include Malaysian and Indonesian specialty food items and hand-knit scarves.
Details at Wandering Chopsticks. Bid Price: $10, Code: Wandering Chopsticks.

*** A package of gourmet goodies from Serbia.
Donated by Marija @ Palachinka. Includes Green pine needles syrup, European Cornel fruit jam, Ajvar, Mountain Rtanj plant herbal tea, a bag of dried ground red paprika seasoning, a package of Kulinat without additives (seasoning similar to Vegeta) and a handmade crocheted doily made by her grandma. All of the jarred products are premium quality, made by hand, by traditional recipes from the company Food Land line Bakina Tajna (Grandma’s Secret) with no additives and artificial colors. Code: Palachinka, Bid price: $25. Shipping: Worldwide.

*** One Perfect Ingredient: cookbook by Marcus Wareing.
Donated by Ivy. Details @ Kopiaste. Bid: $25, Code: Kopiaste, Shipping: Worldwide.

*** An apartment for a week in the Italian countryside.
Donated by Sally @ Casalba News.
A one week holiday in Italy for two in an apartment with a double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. THERE IS NO BIDDING FOR THIS PRIZE. The first person who pays $500 and wants to use the place gets it. (The offer is for LODGING ONLY. Airfares and train fares not included.)
Offer must be used within two years and the dates will have to be arranged based on availability.

*** Handmade purse from Indonesia made by artisans in Java. Donated by Dwiana Porter. Bid: $30. Shipping: Worldwide. Details and bidding guidelines @ The Adventure of My Cooking Diary.

Details HERE. Send us an e-mail to bloggersforbri@gmail.com if you are interested in this prize or want further details. Deadline: July 15.

PARTICIPATE IN CLICK: THE PHOTO EVENT

… to show your support for Bri. This month, in addition to the usual categories for judging (see them below), there will be an ADDITIONAL WINNER. Bri’s favourite entry among the top 25 will also feature in the winner’s list.

THERE ARE TWO PRIZES ON OFFER.

The winner of CLICK SPECTRA (Overall)

WILL GET

an AUTOGRAPHED copy of 660 Curries: The Gateway to Indian Cooking by award-winning author Raghavan Iyer. Review HERE.

This encyclopedia of Indian cooking leads both the casual and vocational cook through what constitutes a curry – its ingredients, techniques, spices and herbs. Signed by the author. Shipping: Worldwide.

BRI’S PICK

WILL GET

Lemon Squares in Honor of Bri.

This is a handwoven piece by Bri’s friend and talented artist, Corie Hartig. She made it in keeping with the CLICK themeYellowin honour of Bri. This handwoven runner is made of fine pearl cotton and a beautiful yellow silk. The pattern is a variation of a Finnish Twill that creates squares on the borders of the runner. Width: 13 1/8 inches. Length: 54 inches (includes 2 inches of fringe on each side)

Close-up views HERE and HERE.

Shipping: Worldwide.

DEADLINE: the 30th of June, midnight, Eastern Standard Time.

RULES AND ENTRY FORM

Entries should be linked to THIS post.

Do you have a picture that has already appeared on your site? Send it in using the entry form after you have added a link to THIS event accouncement.

The entries will be posted as they arrive. They can be accessed HERE or through the ‘CLICK‘ icon on the right sidebar.

Arfi of HomeMadeS

Elizabeth of Under Consideration

Lien of Notitie van Lien (Winner of CLICK: April 2008)

Manisha of Indian Food Rocks

Sailaja of Sailu’s Food

(By taking part in this event, participants accept that the pictures submitted to Jugalbandi.info have been taken by them, and do not infringe upon the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, of any third party. If challenged, the responsibility to prove the ownership of the picture, as well as all attendant liabilities rest with the participant.

Pictures that have pornographic content or are not family friendly will not be accepted.)

Thank you for your support and participation.

- – Jai and Bee

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140 Comments

  1. dee says:

    Hey bee, Im sure this fundraiser will be a success. Im looking forward to participate in click this month!

  2. Uma says:

    May god bless Bri. Best wishes to her. Best wishes for a great success of the fund-raising. I’ll be on the job to click.

  3. sunita says:

    Bee/Jai, I’m really honoured to be a part of this wonderful project…I’m sure the event will be a roaring success…fingers crossed.

  4. Happy Cook says:

    Bee I will surley join in.
    I am sure the fundraiser is going to be a big hit

  5. Cham says:

    This click event is more emotional. I wish and pray for her health. I will do my best to participate and the fund should be a sucess too.

  6. arundathi says:

    Guys – would love to “chip in” but not sure how to do so from India. I don’t have a US credit card or a/c there, so can’t use PayPal. Any ideas?

    would you like to mail a check? we can send you an address.

  7. arundathi says:

    i thought of that but a check won’t work since i don’t have an a/c there. hmm… wondering what to do… Figs with Bri is a lovely lovely site and I just want to help. Another option is I could contribute a raffle prize if you’d like? (if you are still accepting them…?) And I could mail it in anywhere in the world.

    you have mail.

  8. Asha says:

    Great cause Bee. As I mailed you,I will donate ASAP. I will not be bidding for prizes in return though, just a personal thing with me. I will also link and will spread the word in my post on Wednesday!:)

    Wish Briana the best. I would fight hell too, never give up. Good luck to her. Hugs to her and mt thanks to everybody who is helping her. See you next week.

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  11. TBC says:

    Jai and Bee,
    I would be glad to do what I can and help support the campaign.
    Best wishes for a very successful fundraiser.

  12. Mona says:

    I will definitely click for this event! Great job guys, Am sure the fundraiser will be a huge success!

  13. musical says:

    Dear Bee and Jai, please convey my best wishes to dear Bri (and thanks a ton for organizing this effort). I wish and pray for you, dear Bri. Get well soon.

  14. Siri says:

    U guys have put together a great concept for Bri. I contributed whatever I could and just pray for Bri’s good health.

    Wishing this fund raiser to be a huge success..

    Siri

  15. Mamatha says:

    Dear Bri,
    All the best to you – you are an inspiration.

    Mamatha

  16. Meera says:

    Dear Bri:
    I have just contributed whatever I could. You are in my prayers. with love & hugs, Meera

    Dear Bee & Jai:
    Great work. You are angels.
    God bless. Hugs to you – Meera

  17. swati raman says:

    hats off to u guys… done my part.. am sure she will fight it thru… theres a shine in her eyes..

  18. sra says:

    Best of luck with this venture, Bee & Jai!

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  20. Happy Cook says:

    Just did my humble donation.
    Best wishes to Bri

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  22. sra says:

    Hi, I just used the Chip In facility – good wishes to Bri!

  23. Asha says:

    Glad I saw my name there at Bri’s list, I always get in some kind of trouble with that Chip In PayPal whenever I use it!:P
    I see it’s going well. Well done, have this at my sidebar and will announce on Wednesday as well.

  24. Wonderful seva, jai and bee. I will do all I can to help raise some funds.

  25. Rashmi says:

    Kudos to you guys..sending my little contribution and best wishes. Bri, you will be in our thoughts and prayers each day..Get well soon.

  26. Uma says:

    Just did my heartfelt donation. Bri will be in my prayers. My best wishes will be there with you always, Bri!

  27. [...] raising funds to help Brianna’s battle against cancer. You can read more about the fundraiser here, and make a contribution as well, if you’re able [...]

  28. [...] help. Bri is battling breast cancer. I am pleased to turn over today’s post to a group of Bri’s friendsGarrett (Vanilla Garlic) Shankari (Stream of Consciousness) Manisha (Indian Food Rocks) Bee and Jai [...]

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  31. revathi says:

    i will send the money to Shankari – Thanks for doing this -

  32. Shubha says:

    I chipped in whatever I could… on my behalf…I really believe this event will be a grand success… thanks to all the efforts from the fellow bloggers. Bri will get well soon !:) god bless

  33. Hetal says:

    You guys are doing a wonderful job….hats off to you.I am doing the best I can and will surely participate in Click.God bless Bri and I have strong faith that she will get better soon.

  34. Sujatha says:

    Great job from you guys.. I will definitely participate in the Click in this month… Bri is in our prayers..

  35. nanditha says:

    you r doing a wonderful job….i will do my best for this grt cause…prayers for Bri and family

  36. Nirmala says:

    My prayers and best wishes for Bri. Would do my best for this fundraiser.

  37. [...] on their plates right now in addition to worrying about her medical bills. The team organising the JUNE edition of CLICK at Jugalbandihas organised a fundraiser to help Bri and her family meet her out-of-pocket medical [...]

  38. Vani says:

    Thanks for organizing this, J & B! It’s a wonderful idea to have bloggers publicize the fundraiser on their sites (that’s how I got to know of it). I have posted about it on mine (thanks for the code as well!) & chipped in.

    Is there anything we can do to have Insurance companies pay more attention to other forms of treatment? If we can make a case for it (with examples of successes), it would also be in their interest (they’d have to pay less in the long run) to approve tested treatments.

    actually it in the insurance companies’ interest to have people be ill for a long time. about 80% of the bill on “treatment” goes towards their paperwork, and to the rip-off pharma companies. why should they change anything? they spend a lot of money on currying favour with politicians so nothing’s going to change unless there is universal healthcare and insurance companies are not part of the decision-making process. watch “sicko” by michael moore to understand how they operate.

  39. Sangeeth says:

    very proud of u J&B…hope this fund raiser is a great success…will sure participate and publisize this event….

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  43. dhanggit says:

    what a beautiful act of human compassion..im with you guys 100% percent!! we’ll talk about this in my blog too :-) have a great day!!

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  46. walter kopp says:

    We love you Bri and we are very proud of the wonderful response by your food community. Love always Unca wodie

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  48. Medhaa says:

    It was my pleasure Bee, Our Prayers are with Bri, I know how tough it is for her and her family.

    Thank you for dropping by.

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