Tee Hamilton has cancer - and you can read about this below. If you'd like to immediately donate to support her fight, please visit Tee's GoFundMe by clicking here.
I love Tee Hamilton.
I love Tee Hamilton and she is beginning both the fight of and for her life. For those of you who don’t know Tee, she is a founding member of PromoKitchen and was instrumental in building both the brand and the community. She has been a designer for many distributors, suppliers and service providers in the promotional products industry for many, many years. She is a thought leader as much as she is a wonderful and talented designer. Tee was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that has spread from her appendix and she is about to begin chemotherapy. Tee is one of the strongest people I know and I feel in my heart she will beat this. Even so, it’s a scary time for her and for the people who love her.
I love Tee Hamilton and it hurts so much that I can’t be right next to her cheering her on in person. My sense is that many of you who have had their lives touched by the talent, care, and humanity of Tee feel the same way. You want to do something…….anything…….to show your love and support.
As many of you know, earlier this year my wife suffered ventricular fibrillation while at home causing her heart to stop for about 5 minutes and had to be revived by paramedics. She spent 11 days in the hospital and ended up having a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted to prevent a repeat incident. When we were in the hospital, a group of friends from the industry started a GoFundMe page to help us offset medical costs and the response was, for lack of a better term, overwhelming. The GoFundMe page was a way for people who couldn’t be there to lend support, cook a meal, or give me a much needed hug, to support me and my family – and for that I will be eternally grateful. I am still – and will always be – emotional when I think about how a group of caring people came together in my time of need.
Now it’s my turn to pay it forward by asking each of you to consider donating to Tee’s GoFundMe page. While I’m not going to get into detail, I will share that my wife’s stay in the hospital and subsequent aftercare has totaled in the hundreds of thousands of dollars; my sense is that Tee’s medical bills will eclipse that. More than that, the GoFundMe page is a way for each of us to show Tee that we are metaphorically right next to her, fighting along her side.
I love Tee Hamilton and right now I can’t hug her, I can’t hold her hand, and I can’t drive her to and from chemo. What I can do is donate and I will donate as if I were a voter from Chicago: early and often. As much as it pains me, it’s the only tangible way I can show her how much she means to me – not by a measure of dollars, but by simply donating anything I can afford to help. You can do the same by visiting her GoFundMe page here.
I love Tee Hamilton…and I bet you do too. Please consider showing her how much she is loved by helping her financially. Speaking from experience, I can tell you it will mean more to her than words can ever express. On behalf of Tee, thank you.
Bill Petrie on behalf of all past and current PromoKitchen Chefs.