This is the most important, and definitely the hardest post I’ve ever written. I’d appreciate a little of your time to read it through.
I haven’t talked about this much here, but my husband is a police sergeant. He attended the academy many years ago, when our kids were small. One of his classmates was Mike Kellogg. Mike worked for a neighboring department for a couple of years, then transferred to the same town as my husband. He’s not only a co-worker, but a friend. You can read more about Mike’s history of service here.
A few years ago, Mike was diagnosed with leukemia. He received a bone marrow transplant and finally went into remission. He was healthy and able to work until last year, when the cancer returned. After much fighting on his part and the doctors’, he recently learned it had progressed beyond the ability of modern medicine. Mike was just told he has a few months left.
One of the things I’ve always loved about my husband’s job is the sense of family among their small department. They are brothers and sisters who have each other’s back and those of the families that support them. When one of them goes down, everyone else works to pick him back up. Priority one right now is making sure Mike and his family are taken care of. The police chief, command staff and community volunteers are organizing several fundraising events. Many people have stepped up with generosity that has brought us to tears already. Now I’m asking for a little help from all of you.
For the months of April and May, 100% of the profits from my Etsy store will be donated to the Mike and Holly Kellogg Fund. If you’ve ever considered purchasing any of my items, this would be a great time to do it. If you know anyone who might be interested in what I do, I’d appreciate it if you’d spread the word - Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, anywhere you hang out. Custom orders are included, so if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, contact me.
I try not to talk about my Etsy store too much on this blog, but these are extenuating circumstances and I’d like to be able to contribute to helping Mike and his family through what I love to do. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. Please help me to support one of Oregon’s finest.