If you’ve followed this site recently you’ll know that I have been working towards an auction to raise money to support cancer research.

Well, we did it! Keith Burtis‘ custom-designed and -made ornament is complete, Tommy Vallier‘s coding wizardry is done and it’s time for the auction.

Bidding will open 9am EDT on March 25 and run through to 9pm EDT on March 27. All of the proceeds will benefit the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

Bid on the ornament, or read on for details of the item itself.

Be sure to keep checking back in to make sure no-one has outbid you!

Update: The auction is now closed.

The Ornament

The ornament itself is approximately 9 inches tall, and the sphere is about 2.25 inches across. The sphere is made from a type of australian burl. The top & bottom finials are made of rock maple, and although they are very delicate and intricate, the tight grain of the maple keeps these strong.

The base, the upright spindle and the smaller cross spindle are all made from American Black Walnut. These pieces were turned one by one on a lathe, and made to fit snugly into one another.

Ornament for Cancer Research 1Ornament for Cancer Research 2

Ornament for Cancer Research 3Ornament for Cancer Research 4

Place your bid now!

The Bigger Picture

This auction is one piece of a larger fundraiser that I am holding, benefiting the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research through the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

The Institute aims to become a world-leading program in breast cancer research by leveraging basic, translational and clinical research into dramatic breast cancer breakthroughs.

On April 21 I will run this year’s Boston Marathon. I aim to raise $3,000 in sponsorship and donations for the institute by the time I cross the finish line.

I’m using social media to raise awareness of my fundraising and chart my progress as I train for the race. You can follow the training on my running blog, and you can sponsor me here.

Thank you.

Dave Fleet
Managing Director and Head of Global Digital Crisis at Edelman. Husband and dad of two. Cycling nut; bookworm; videogamer; Britnadian. Opinions are mine, not my employer's.