Artists: Kim & Joe Plunkett
Company Name: Plunkett Designs
Kim and Joe Plunkett are a creative couple, who grew up and currently live just outside of Chicago. Their three little Plunketts keep them very busy, and in their free time, they love to work on new projects. Their specialties are automotive art and jewelry design.
Through PlunkettDesigns, Kim and Joe support The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Kim explained, “I have been very inspired by so many people here on etsy. Many are using their talents to support good causes, and I have decided to help support a cause which is very close to my heart.” She continued, “You will find several items in our Pay it Forward (PIF) Section, where 50% of the sale price will go to research and support for children with brain tumors. We will use the other 50% to purchase more supplies for these listings. I hope to expand the range of items I offer, and have plans for heart-shaped earrings, as well as butterfly-themed items.” Kim has raised $160 in just the past two weeks and has just sent in her third donation to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Research and support for children with brain tumors is very important to Kim, because her younger brother was diagnosed with an Astrocytoma in June 2001 when he was ten years old. (According to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, Astrocytomas account for the majority of pediatric brain tumors.) Within days, he underwent surgery. That was followed by a month in the hospital and over a year of weekly chemo treatments.
In early 2005, he underwent another surgery and several weeks of daily radiation. He is seventeen now, a junior in high school and doing well. Kim explained that the tumor is still there, but not growing, and he goes for regular check ups and MRIs. She went on, “I know that I may be biased, but he is a very cool kid, with a lifetime of wisdom. His perspectives on life are more profound than most adults I know. I really enjoy spending time with him, I love him so much!”
Kim also supports Autism Speaks. She knows two families with children who have Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Also, a classmate from her husband’s grade school has a child with Asperger’s Syndrome. She believes that being a parent is a tough job on its own, and being a parent with an Autistic child presents even greater challenges. Kim feels passionate that the numbers of children affected by Autism are so large that every parent should be educated. She summed it up beautifully, “I hope we can see a future where children with Autism are 1 in a million – rather than 1 in 150.”