October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual health campaign to increase awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection. Even as we say goodbye to October, the small shop community is continuing to do its part to support one of our own who is battling breast cancer.

Kirsten Orcutt Johnson is a mother of three who is diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. Over the last three years, she has bravely gone through a variety of chemotherapies and radiation treatments, each more devastating to her body than the last.

While we continue to hope for miracles, in October 2019, Kirsten’s medical team at Huntsman Cancer Institute indicated that the tumors in her brain are no longer responding to the treatments and that there are no viable treatment options remaining. The news is devastating to her family. Kirsten’s three boys (ages 5, 9 and 12) deserve a lifetime with their mother; absent the ability to give them that we would like to give them the gift of quality time.

Hänni Baatz, “Chief Childhood Magic Maker” behind small shop Wolfe and Scamp, along with many other generous small shops, has organized a charity auction this weekend for Kirsten and her family through the Facebook group Dinos Doing Good.

100% of the proceeds of this small shop auction will go to cover day-to-day living expenses, so Kirsten and her husband Andrew can focus their energy and efforts on each other and their boys during this time.

The auction opens today and runs through November 3, 2019. If you would like to donate a small shop item to the auction, please sign up here. You can also donate directly to the Johnson family through Paypal or Venmo. For more information about Kirsten’s fight, please visit her website. As always, thank you for your support and generosity.