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Chances are if you're a bride on a budget you know my soul-sister of budget savvy wedding blogging, the lovely Dana of The Broke-Ass Bride. Dana is an super cool chick– she and I began our (then) little blogs at about the same time and I followed along with her wedding planning as I was planning my own. Dana is an incredibly passionate, talented and creative lady and it has been so amazing to watch her blog grow (and GROW!!) over the last three years. I was thrilled to finally meet her at The B-List conference last year after two years of bloggy friendship!! 🙂 She's a joyous, positive, and FUN person to be around- she really lights up a room and is definitely the life of the party!

One thing you'd never know when meeting Dana, is that she has struggled with various health issues for much of her life, due to an autoimmune disease called Uveitis. Basically her immune system attacks her eyes causing dangerous inflammation, visual disturbances and blurriness. It is incurable and will cause blindness if left untreated. She also has a very rare deep-tissue form of a disease called Granuloma Annulare, causing a different type of inflammation in her foot, for which she had surgery last year. It is so rare, she is currently unable to find a doctor who knows how to treat it moving forward. This is serious stuff, ladies (and gents.) But for a girl who's been through so much pain and trauma, Dana is effervescent and positively delightful.

Dana has poured her heart and soul into building Broke-Ass Bride to be an amazing resource for brides on a budget. But because of the ever-increasing debt her medical procedures are accruing, she was thinking she'd have to re-enter corporate America to be able to keep up with all the bills. I would hate to see my passionate and committed friend walk away from her dream and all she has built for BAB. So won't you please help me in supporting her in her new project, Dishing for Dana?


The Broke-Ass Bride

{illustration by Astrid Mueller for The Broke-Ass Bride}

Here's the 411 from Dana:

The Goal
♥  $13,000 to cover my current medical bills
♥  $7,000 to cover our health insurance premiums for the remainder of 2011
♥  $2,000 to donate to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association
toward helping others with autoimmune disease
For a total minimum of $22,000.

***This does not include the costs that will be related to her upcoming surger(ies) and ongoing care, nor for prescriptions or post-surgical supplies***

The Details
♥  You can donate any amount you choose, no minimum, no rules.
Because every quarter is a quarter more than we had yesterday. It all adds up.
♥  We will donate 10% of all proceeds up to our goal, to the
American Autoimmune Related Disease Association, so every dollar contributed
not only goes toward my medical care, but also toward researching a cure to benefit
everyone with autoimmune disease.
♥  Anything raised in excess of the goal will be split 50/50 with the AARDA
our portion of which will be saved in a dedicated, interest-bearing account toward
any future surgeries and ongoing medical care.

Head over to The Broke-Ass Bride to read more about the nitty gritty of Dana's ailment(s) and her plan of action. Then contribute however you can, whether it's by donating or spreading the word about this project. E & I are working on some recipes to share on the site so if you donate you'll be lucky enough to check them out! 🙂 As a member of the wedding blogging community, it's the least I could do to lend a hand to the cause. Any amount you can donate will be very appreciated by Dana, and a portion will go to help fund research for a cure for autoimmune disease. AND it'll give you the warm fuzzies. Go get involved now!

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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