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Two years ago I offered my “imperfect” handbags for $50 each with the promise that every penny of that $50 would be donated to Doctors Without Borders for Haiti earthquake relief. The response was overwhelming. You stepped up and $15,150 was raised. It was an incredible day. Let’s do it again! Wednesday, July 18th all “imperfect” handbags will be available for $50 each. One hundred percent of the sale price of each bag will be donated to the Preeclampsia Foundation. THE DETAILS Why was the Preeclampsia Foundation chosen to receive the money? Last year I lost my nephew, Cooper, to preeclampsia. This fundraiser is being held in his honor. On Thanksgiving day in 2010 my sister and her husband announced she was pregnant with their first baby. You know her; she’s that cute blonde that does all the modeling for me. You know her husband too, Tyler, the Marine who knit Elizabeth, his girlfriend at the time, a bikini while stationed in Kuwait. At 23-weeks pregnant Elizabeth became very swollen. It was too early in her pregnancy to be swelling as she was. She didn’t feel well. Something was off. We took her blood pressure at home. The next day at her doctor’s appointment they alerted the doctor that her blood pressure was high. They checked it and her urine; 159/111 and protein in her urine. After being immediately rushed to the hospital her blood pressure had gone up to 170/110. Elizabeth had severe preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a disorder that only occurs during pregnancy, characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Globally, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are the leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. There is no known prevention or cure, except for delivery of the baby. In denial at the time, I don’t think I could process how at risk my sister’s life was. At any moment she could have a seizure and go into a coma or die. Their baby, Cooper, had less than an 11% chance of surviving. They induced labor to stop the preeclampsia. When the nurse placed Cooper on Elizabeth’s chest the cry in the room did not come from Cooper, but was instead a mother’s wail at the loss of her child. The family held little Cooper, 11 oz and 11 inches long, kissed his nose that resembled his father’s and captured him in our memories. It is in memory of Cooper that I am doing this fundraiser to raise both money for the Preeclampsia Foundation and awareness of this horrific disease. To read more about Elizabeth’s experience, please read her blog post on the Preeclampsia Foundation’s blog. Read more about preeclampisa. How does the sale work? The sale will start Wednesday, July 18th at 8am PST. Every hour, on the hour, a new color of bag will be made available. Each color will only be available during the selected hour. What do you mean by “imperfect”? The “imperfect” bags don’t meet our quality standards. Some have scratches on the fabric, broken zippers, missing removable pouches or upside-down labels. Majority of the “imperfect” bags have very minor problems. All bags are functional. We wouldn’t sell something with a missing handle or hole in the bottom. In most cases, you won’t be able to find the imperfection. When we sold our “imperfect” bags in 2010 the most common comment from customers was that they could not find the imperfection. Due to the expected high volume of sales, I will not be able to personally identify what is imperfect about each bag. What is your return policy for these bags? All sales are final. Our warranty policy does not apply to these bags. The inside of each bag will be stamped with “final sale” in a hidden location. How is shipping handled? We will only be accepting orders with USA delivery addresses. As this is a fundraiser, we must reduce costs as much as possible. Therefore we will not be able to ship internationally due to the extra labor necessary to process international orders. Additionally, we will not be able to combine shipping for orders of multiple bags. Orders will be shipped UPS Ground. The cost of shipping will not be donated to the Preeclampsia Foundation, but to cover the cost of shipping your bag to you. Do I have to pay tax? California residents will be charged sales tax. What bags will be available? We’ll be selling discontinued styles/colors as well as current styles. Click here for a list. Can I place my order by phone? No, orders can only be made online. I don’t need a bag but would like to make a donation. How do I do that? Thank you. Please make a donation directly to the Preeclampsia Foundation. And even if you can’t make a donation but would still like to help, remember to share this event with your friends. RSVP to our Facebook event. Pin this post. Tweet. Blog. We need everyone’s help! Here’s some more ideas. Thanks again!