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The Biggest Winners

by Debbie Kaufman

Who doesn’t love shopping?  Okay, I confess.  I don’t.  I hate to shop.  But quick, before you vote me out of the club of women everywhere, I do shop religiously once a year at my favorite website.  This website has enough variety to serve anyone’s needs, it’s only open for one month out of the year and it carries potentially life-changing stuff along with the sheer fun things.  You can shop there too, AND, by doing so, be a part of something epic: helping to find a cure to one of the major killers in the US?

Link? Link, you say?  Stay tuned, and I’ll share it with you.  But first…

I’m a huge fan of the Biggest Loser.  I watch episodes while I use my treadmill because I find the show so motivating.  Judging by their ratings, a lot of people like me watch for the inspiration and the hope we get from watching people’s lives transformed.  The results are amazing: svelte bodies, life issues healed, and diseases like diabetes cured.

Diabetes cured?  Stop the presses.  I need in on this one.  I’ve used insulin for almost 30 years now, skinny or fat, I’ve needed it to survive.   For the last 25 years, I’ve delivered it with this cool little piece of technology called an insulin pump.

Shows like The Biggest Loser have their share of hype.  Saying people’s diabetes is cured is a dramatic statement.  I wish they differentiated the types of diabetes out there for the non-medical folks.  Their weight loss programs helps cure Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), the one a lot of people get when they gain too much weight.

Then there’s the other type, formerly called Juvenile Diabetes, now known as Type 1, or T1D.  According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), this type “has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and-at present-nothing you can do to get rid of it.”  Oh, and it has nothing to do with being a “juvenile.”  I was diagnosed in my mid-twenties and pray that research will find a cure before long.

Okay, I’m not picking on The Biggest Loser.  What they’ve done is save people’s lives and I don’t want to downplay that.  After all, I was bummed when Chris went home and I’ve been rooting for Kim, an Atlanta woman, to win.  And yes, I wanted to slap all of the remaining five when they pouted about the returning eliminated contestants—For gosh sakes, people, READ your contracts and man up.  It’s a game and America was pretty disappointed in you for that.

Okay, off my rant.  I hear that credit card of yours tapping the keyboard impatiently…

Here’s the bottom line: Diabetes is a disease that myself and about 26 million other Americans live with every day.  I’m betting you know someone diagnosed with this killer disease.  Here’s how you can shop and help.  Go visit the annual online auction run by the fabulous Brenda Novak.  Go here:

Proceeds from this auction go to diabetes research, so keep that in mind when you break out the plastic!

Starting May 1st through the 31st, you can bid on everything from books to editor critiques to trips to Italy or home décor.  Petit Fours and Hot Tamales has their own category, but it won’t be filled until opening day.  Our category, Blog Bounty from the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales, will include a Kindle, original artwork, themed baskets, and, returning for the last year, our fun soaps (frogs, ducks, etc.)  While you’re waiting for our category to be filled, go visit the auction.

Tell me one or more things you find to bid on and post about it here on this blog.  I will pick one of the auction posters to award a $10.00 Starbucks gift card, just for shopping before the “store” opens!

Beth - April 25, 2012 - 12:56 am

If I could bid… I would bid on any of these on this page
and maybe something else.. but I have a feeling those items will rapidly exceed my limit again this year! lol

Jane - April 25, 2012 - 1:26 am

Anna DeStefano always donates these cute Coach bags for auction. Also on my watch list will be the autographed novels by Loretta Chase.

Sandra Elzie - April 25, 2012 - 6:44 am

Hi Deb,
Yep, it’s that time again and I happen to know that Chelsea Gilmore, agent at Maria Carvanis Agency will be doing a critique again this year. She has been a faithful supporter of not only our blog and our annual writing contest, but the Brenda Novak Auction.

In January, 2012, my doctor gave me the results of my latest blood test….and told me I was borderline Diabetic. Yikes!!! I got serious and I’ve since lost 44 pounds. I exercise almost every day and know I’m healthier than I’ve been in years.

It’s a very worthy cause and I’m donating several offerings…one of which is a bunch of stuff from GONE WITH THE WIND, so hope everyone bids.

Runner10 - April 25, 2012 - 7:36 am

I would love The Notebook limited edition. Also, the purses are great!

Marilyn Baron - April 25, 2012 - 7:42 am

I have been trolling the site for a while and there are some great things being offered. The Once in a Lifetime Experiences like an African Safari or a stay in Nora Roberts’ Inn sound wonderful.

In addition to my contribution to the Petit Fours Blog Bounty, I have two pages on the site for my donations — an angel pendant from a celebrated Canadian jeweler and my angel stories and Backyard Lagoon, a signed, unframed giclee on canvas of a piece of art in my book, The Edger, by my sister and coauthor, award-winning artist Sharon Goldman.

Debbie’s right. This is a very worthwhile cause. My husband has diabetes and I’m taking medication for it.

Last year I won two things in the auction.

Maxine - April 25, 2012 - 8:47 am

Debbie, I’m not a shopper either, but I do love putting my bids in at the Brenda Novak Auction. I am always amazed at the fantastic items that are up for bid! And adding to that, the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales will, again, have a basket and I think it will be well worth everyone’s attention–some great things. I think this auction is fantastic and know everyone will enjoy it not only for the worthy cause, but for all the things available.

Linsey Lanier - April 25, 2012 - 11:42 am

I too have been diagnosed as borderline diabetes. Not fun. I feel for you, Debbie and admire how you deal with your condition. And how you support the Brenda Novak auction each year.

There are so many tempting goodies. I love Sia’s Jane Austen basket. What an original idea! And the Name a Character category is way cool. There’s some very nice jewelry and my personal favorite–audio books.

KC Stone - April 25, 2012 - 11:47 am

Ha ha, I’ve been purusing the Brenda Novak Auction website for the last month, just waiting for it to open! For the last three years it has been my favorite highlight of spring.

I usually spend 300-500 dollars and what I get is awesome. I go for one big ticket editor/agent/author critique or eval… Last year I won a Cherry Adair Critique of a partial and it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made in my writing career. And holy cow, all that money I spent went into the coffers for Diabetes Research. Talk about your classic win/win situation.

I also usually treat myself to an autographed book or some very cool jewelry or a gift basket… there is just so much to choose from. (heck, my “to watch” list is already 3 pages long!)

I thought about being a contributor of an auction item this year but decided to stick with being a buyer for now… it is so much fun!

Susan Carlisle - April 25, 2012 - 12:45 pm

I think I’m going to give the trip to Italy a good look and any toher that might be there. This is a good cause and I proud to be a part of it.

Tammy Schubert - April 25, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Debbie, thank you for clarifying diabetes and which type has the potential to be cured. The Biggest Losers is one of my favorite shows because of the positive transformations they participants are making. They are an inspiration.

Debbie Kaufman - April 25, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Hi Ladies, I so love cruising the auction and dreaming:) Glad you guys do too! Sorry to be absent most of the day. I’m cooking a birthday dinner and cake, putting together auction items you guys can bid on, and too many other things to list. BTW, this is our last year to offer the kid’s soaps, so get your bids in early!

Darcy Crowder - April 25, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Debbie! This is such a great cause! Georgia Romance Writers is donating a conference registration for Moonlight & Magnolias, and a Maggie Award of Excellence contest entry.

I would love to bid on the stay at Nora Roberts….not only would that be such a fun item, but she lives in my family’s backyard, so to speak and I would get to visit with them as well. :)

Sia Huff - April 25, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Brenda’s auction is inspiring. It’s wonderful what people can do when they band together.
I’m eyeing two critiques. They may go for more then I can afford but I plan to drive the price high.
Good luck to everyone bidding, And thanks Debbie for pulling everything together.

Dianna Love - April 26, 2012 - 10:06 am

I remember back when Brenda first started this auction and we couldn’t get ANY free advertising, but today it’s grown into a huge event. So nice to see the tremendous support from the writing industry. Good luck to everyone who bids. Thanks for a wonderful post on this, Debbie.

Pam Asberry - April 27, 2012 - 7:45 am

Thanks for the reminder, Deb. I am off to check out this year’s offerings!

Danita Moon - April 30, 2012 - 5:22 pm

Hi Debbie. I’m one of the volunteers for the auction and I wanted to thank you for helping us to spread the word about the auction and how important awareness is for juvenile diabetes. We truly appreciate your support and participation in the auction and helping us to making a difference. Here’s to a record breaking year.

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