Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Nail Art and a Giveaway: The Ronan Thompson Foundation

I actually started writing this post months ago, and this idea has been in the works since February.  Back then, I thought I'd be the only blog addressing the issue of childhood cancer awareness this September...since, you know, this is one of those things no one likes to think about.  However, the recent passing of beloved beauty guru Talia Castellano forced the beauty community to take a good, hard look at childhood cancer, and many mobilized to raise money for charity.  I hope that these movements will carry on into autumn and beyond, and that they will help give Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September) its time in the spotlight.

I was first made aware of the horrors of childhood cancer last year during the Stand Up to Cancer telethon.  During the broadcast, Taylor Swift performed a hauntingly beautiful song called "Ronan," named after a beautiful little boy who died from neuroblastoma just days before his fourth birthday, and less than a year after being diagnosed.  Taylor had been following his story for quite some time, after discovering the blog written by Ronan's mother, Maya Thompson.  Though Taylor wrote the song on her own, Maya is credited as a co-writer because it was all those heartbreaking details in the blog that inspired the lyrics to the song.  "Ronan" is available on iTunes, and all proceeds go towards cancer research.

Video from YouTube user Kirk Kelly
Ronan is available for purchase here (US-only) or here (international)

This is my "Ronan"-inspired manicure:

See HERE for more info on this nail art

I remember your bare feet down the hallway
I remember your little laugh
race cars on the kitchen floor, plastic dinosaurs
I love you to the moon and back

Since losing her beautiful son, Maya Thompson has dedicated her life to fighting for increased funding for childhood cancer research.  She created The Ronan Thompson Foundation to honor her brave little boy, in the hope that someday, no child will ever have to suffer the horrors of childhood cancer.  Donations to The Ronan Thompson Foundation allow some of the best oncologists in the world to conduct ground-breaking research which will hopefully lead to a cure for neuroblastoma and other forms of pediatric cancer.  The Foundation also hopes to create a "World Class Neuroblastoma Research and Care Center."

If you donate to The Ronan Thompson Foundation, you could win this special Indigo Bananas polish called "For Ronan."  You can only get this polish by winning this giveaway.

Photos by Indigo Bananas.  Please note that the swatch photo
is more color-accurate than the bottle photo.

Giveaway Rules:

1.  You MUST e-mail me a screen shot (to proving that you donated to the Ronan Thompson Foundation.  Be sure to also include your full name in the e-mail.  When you fill out the Rafflecopter form, please state your full name AND e-mail address (the one you used to e-mail the screen shot) in the fields provided.  I will not use this information to spam you or do anything of that nature.  It is simply to provide proof of entry and to avoid any confusion.  If you absolutely cannot figure out how to do a screen shot or send an image, then forward your receipt to me at .

2.  You must state what country you live in when filling out the Rafflecopter form.

3.  If you fail to properly complete all parts of the Rafflecopter form, you will be disqualified.  If you are found to have lied about your donation, you will be disqualified.

4.  This giveaway is open to both US and international readers (except Italy)!  The prize will ship directly from Indigo Bananas, so if you live in a really strange place and are unsure if Indigo Bananas will ship to you, contact the brand directly.

5.  You are NOT required to follow/Like/etc The Sparkling Hoard/Indigo Bananas (though it's certainly appreciated if you decide to do so).  

6.  Any questions, please e-mail me at .

7.  Giveaway starts now and ends at 12am Eastern on September 15, 2013

8.  ANY amount is fine.  Even if you can only afford to give $1.  You also do NOT have to tell me how much you donated.  You can edit out that information or send a strategically cropped screen shot.  It's fine and I will not judge you for it!  I just want to see people donate something...anything.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please donate.  Please spread the word.

Learn more about Ronan's story here, here, and here

I am not associated with The Ronan Thompson Foundation.  I am not associated with Taylor Swift.  I am not associated with the Thompson family.  All products used purchased by me.  Prize donated by Indigo Bananas.  


  1. Wonderful. One of those blog posts was shared on my main fb page and it was indeed one of the most heart wrenching things I'd ever read. Very sweet thing you're doing ♥

    1. Thank you, Liesl! Yeah, I cry every time I read Maya's's just so raw and honest, you feel everything she feels.

  2. What a wonderful post. I was in tears half way through reading it. Your manicure turned out fantastic.

  3. My youngest was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma on Friday, April 13, 2007. She's one of the lucky ones. After toxic treatment after toxic treatment and total body irradiation that amounts to lethal doses, she has a now. Not enough kids have a now. Thank you for spreading the word for ALL the kids.

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