*WINNERS ANNOUNCED!*
2 Hard Copy Winners:
#130: Teresa R. (“Thank you for bringing our attention to this sad story. The cookbook is a great idea.)
#342: Lori (“Wow. praying for their family!”)

10 E-Book Winners:
#411: Brigette (“I’d sure love to win the cookbook but if I don’t, I’ll buy one!”)
#114: Kari (“Keeping the Fish family in my prayers!”)
#104: Susannah (“I can see exactly why this family touched your heart, and what a fabulous fundraiser. I’ll help spread the word.”)
#39: Cindy (“It’s never easy having a sick child, I can’t imagine having 2, bless you for helping them.”)
#268: Kim (“What a great idea. Please enter me!”)
#278: Megan A. (“What a great cause! The cookbook looks fantastic.”)
#167: Meli (“What a great cause!”)
#402: Rachael (“I just cried so hard during this video. My youngest daughter had spine surgery about five months ago. I can’t imagine going through all the Fish family has gone through. I’m so happy things are finally looking up for them. Thanks for sharing this story!”)
#347: Emily M. (“What a great cause! I’m all for more tried and true recipes for our little family.”)
#271: Stacy Reading (“Thoughts and prayers for the Fish family.”)

I tend to stay away from posts that aren’t specifically recipe-related except for the occasional giveaway and I turn down a lot of promotional giveaways and offers in order to keep my content “clean.” But this story I’m about to tell you about touched me in a way I can’t explain and I feel compelled to share it and hopefully raise support for a very deserving family.

Let me back up a bit, a few months ago, Ali from Lemon Poppy, emailed me asking if I would be willing to submit a recipe or two for a recipe book she was compiling in order to help benefit the Fish family. After just a few minutes of delving into their story, I knew I wanted to do something (anything!) to help this family (watch this video to understand what I mean). So I emailed my recipes to Ali and she started compiling an absolutely brilliant and beautiful recipe book full of recipes from over 40 other fellow bloggers.

The intent is to raise money for the Fish family – two of their five children have an extremely rare disease (called Leaky SCID’s) that has required an unbelievable amount of hospitalization and treatment for their two, sweet little daughters. Watching this video gives a small glimpse into what Leaky SCID’s is (sometimes called the “Bubble Boy Disease”) and what their family has gone through. It brings me to tears every time I watch it.

The recipe book is now finished (hooray!) and along with it, there is an e-book available for purchase (a .pdf version and a version for the iPad/Kindle). 100% of the profit from the e-book goes to the Fish family and $5.00 from every hard copy recipe book will go to their family. You can buy the recipe book(s) HERE. The book is lovely with dazzling color photos for each tantalizing recipe. It is full of really good recipes, my friends, if I do say so myself – you know, since two of them are mine. I can’t wait to get my hands on some ingredients to bake up one or 25 of the new found recipes in the book.

I’ve never met the Fish family. And I can’t completely wrap my mind around what they are dealing with but knowing the heartbreaking challenges that have come to my own little family at times, I hope that the sales from these books can help their family in an unbelievable way.

Today, to further their cause, I’m giving away ONE copy of the recipe book (the hard copy) and TEN copies of the e-book (you can choose the .pdf version or the iPad/Kindle version). To enter, leave a comment on this post (anything from “Enter me!” to something inspirational or appropriate) and I’ll choose the random winners and announce them this weekend.

If you’d like to support the Fish family by purchasing a cookbook (hard copy or e-book), visit this link and feel free to spread the word to your family and friends! Thanks for indulging me this small moment of nontraditional content. Small things can make a big difference…and I’m hoping for big things for the Fish family!

418 Responses to Fishes for Wishes {And a Giveaway!} – Contest Now Closed!

  1. Nikie says:

    Best Wishes to the Fishes!

  2. Olivia says:

    Enter me, please!

  3. Hilary says:

    Oh Please enter me too – keeping the Fish’s in my thoughts and prayers!

  4. Kimberlee V. says:

    My heart goes out to the Fish family! I will say a little prayer for them!

  5. Tanya Gerald says:

    I am pleased that you are helping this family. Their courage is an inspiration.

  6. Lana says:

    Best wishes to the Fish family.

  7. Penny Morrison says:

    such a tragic story…my prayers are with them♥

  8. Stephanie says:

    Praying for the Fish family!

  9. Jessie says:

    What a great thing you are doing for them by sharing your recipes and giving away the book to others. My thought and prayers go out to the family. Just want you to know that I love your blog and every recipe I have tried thus far. Keep the recipes coming

  10. Mary says:

    Thanks for sharing this story. I am going to buy a cookbook, but if I win your giveaway I will give it away on my blog. Praying for this family.

  11. Angie H says:

    What a beautiful family with amazing strength to continue the fight with their two girls. My heart and prayers go out to them! God bless you, Fish family.

  12. Bliss says:

    Mel, you had me bawling this morning!

  13. Monica says:

    Please enter me. I have already shared this story and hope to generate more interest. Thank you for this. I’ve ordered these e-books before (that support a cause) and I love that all of you talented chefs combine your efforts for a good cause.

  14. Kim in MD says:

    I think it’s great that you are trying to help the Fish family, Melanie. I will keep them in my prayers.

  15. Caitlyn Z says:

    Sobbing my eyes out right now! What sweet little children they have. I hope they find all the help they need and God bless that mystery donor.

  16. kandi victorino says:

    Everyday I am thankful for the good health of my kiddos.

  17. Katie L. says:

    I know a little boy that has this disease…it’s unbelievable what they and their family have to go through. I hope this raises a lot of funds to help the Fish family!!!

  18. Jody K says:

    Count me in!

  19. Kerri A. says:

    I can’t even imagine what they are going through. This recipe book looks fantastic, I hope they are able to recieve a great amount of funds from it!

  20. Cotton says:

    So good. I love to hear about books that are available with a need based behind them. I would love to have the book since I have neither an Ipad or Kindle. Sigh. A bit behind the ball I would say.

  21. Melissa says:

    Enter me!

  22. Kim says:

    I’m praying for the Fish family. I hope their cookbook raises enough monetary funds to help them through this and awareness of this condition. I feel like its the rare conditions that don’t get enough attention or funds to do the research on that really do need it.

  23. Terri says:

    My prayers for the family and all those that have offered their skills, time and prayers to support them.

  24. Bree H says:

    Thank you for contributing to, and now sponsoring a giveaway, for such a good cause.

  25. Sarah says:

    Praying for this family. I would love to win a cookbook that supports their cause!

  26. Michelle T. says:

    Wow, what a great cause!

  27. Rhonda says:

    Thanks for sharing the story, never heard of them
    before either.

  28. Judy P says:

    If I don’t win, which I probably won’t (how’s that for a positive attitude) I will purchase the Kindle version. We all have our trials but some certainly seem to have more than their share. Sometimes it’s impossible to even imagine what others survive.
    Hopefully this endeavor will favorably impact their lives.

  29. Melanie says:

    Sending prayers their way!

  30. Jeni says:

    What a great idea! I hope the sales are huge.

  31. Brye says:

    I would love to win but either way I will be buying and giving the as gifts.

  32. Peggy Ann says:

    Prayers for the Fish family. Can not imagine.
    Enter me please. I love your recipes!

  33. Mary A. says:

    Enter me!

  34. holly says:

    prayers for the fish family.

  35. Jennifer A. says:

    I can not imagine the pain and suffering these two beautiful girls and their family have gone through. God bless all involved in this great cause!!

  36. Christine says:

    Best wishes to the Fish family.

  37. Doug Lai says:

    Awesome, thank you do much. I went to college with Tyler.
    Enter me in.

  38. cindy says:

    It’s never easy having a sick child, I can’t imagine having 2, bless you for helping them.

  39. Karyn says:

    Amazing family

  40. Alyssa says:

    Best wished for their family

  41. Martha says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with this remarkable family, shows the power of love.

  42. Barbara E says:

    I almost didn’t watch this video, almost brushed it off, but something told me to just press play. I have my own little Natalie, so I felt an immediate connection. I bawled through the whole thing. I will share their story, because everyone should see this. Please keep us updated on how they are doing……
    Thanks for sharing, Mel!!!!

  43. Blayre says:

    It’s hard to watch families with small children struggle under burdens such as illness. My prayers are with them.

  44. Tiffany says:

    You’re such a sweetie! Would love to see all the lovely recipes in this book :D

  45. Jody says:

    What an amazing family. Will keep them in my prayers.

  46. Stefanie says:

    Thanks for sharing their story with us. I hope wonderful things are in store for them.

  47. Natalie B says:

    Such a heart breaking story. Thanks for allowing others to help with you!

  48. K Raymond says:

    I will say a prayer for them.

  49. Renee says:

    Have a wonderful day!!!

  50. Cheryl H says:

    Prayers and best wishes to the Fishes.

  51. Jenny says:

    Prayers for the Fish Family!

  52. Julie Armel says:

    Prayers for this family!

  53. Terry says:

    Mu prayers go out to the fish family. My daughter has 2 toddlers with Cystic Fibrosis.

  54. Luda says:

    Thanks for this post. Hope that this really helps the Fish family.

  55. Kristen V says:

    Praying for strength and peace for the Fish family. Tears streaming down my face. Thanks for bringing this to our attention this morning, Mel. Counting my blessing and praying for those two beautiful girls.

  56. Melissa A. says:

    Wishing all the best for the Fish family!!

  57. Sarah says:

    What a great way to spread love! Off to buy the book for myself. If I win I will gift it!!

  58. Stephanie says:

    What an amazing story! Thanks for spotlighting this.

  59. Debbie J. says:

    What a great book, for a wonderful cause. Thanks for the giveaway. Best wishes to the family.

  60. Bonnie says:

    Good for you – best wishes to the Fish family

  61. Aubrey says:

    This is an amazing cause and a GREAT reason to stray away from your typical blogging subjects. Thanks for raising awareness for this inspirational family.

  62. Mariann says:

    Puts my puny problems in perspective. Thanks for the giveaway offer.

  63. Bridget says:

    Prayer is a powerful thing!!!

  64. Jessen says:

    I just watched the Video of the Fishes Story on Lemon Poppy’s Blog. My heart melted. I wish all the best for them, and will buy the book. If I happen to win the other one, I will give it away to someone and ask they return the favor and purchase another one for someone else.

  65. Pam says:

    I am not at all interested in getting one for free since I fully intend to buy one, so if I win, please draw another name. Just wanted to tell you that I think this is a great cause to support, and wish the Fish family some happier and better days ahead. :)

  66. Merianne says:

    I love cookbooks! Please pick me!

  67. Christina Gill says:

    What a great idea! I look forward to reading more about the family and will add them to my prayer list.

  68. Alicia says:

    Please enter me. I tried to order the pdf version of the book but it says Ali has exceeded her transaction limit for this book. I guess that’s a good thing for the support cause.

  69. Janelle says:

    Prayers for the Fish family. I am a RN who has worked with families like theirs and they go through so much. This is a great way to provide them support.

  70. Jennie says:

    I send my prayers to the Fish family.

  71. Allyson says:

    what a great way to spread the word

  72. Lisa/MommyMo says:

    What a fantastic idea- my heart goes out to the Fish family!

  73. Stephanie says:

    Thank you to everyone who worked on putting this recipe book together and making the fund raiser a reality. Best and warmest wishes for the Fish family.

  74. Crystal says:

    God will provide for this loving family! Thanks for this awesome fundraising idea.

  75. Amy Pellicer says:

    Hi There! Happy Thursday! Best wishes to the Fish family! Have a GREAT day, everyone! };o)

  76. Brittany says:

    I enjoy your blog and am grateful you have chosen to share this story with us all. I have been through serious health issues as well and through these trials, I have learned how to be more compassionate towards those who are suffering. I hope and pray for a great outcome for the Fish Family!!

  77. Melissa G says:

    Mel – you are great & thanks for passing the word along and doing your part in helping the family. Thanks to this post, I know what one of my Christmas presents is for the foodies in my life!

  78. Deanna says:

    bestest wishes for the fishes!

  79. Deanna says:

    What a great idea for a fundraiser!

  80. Ruth says:

    Best wishes for the Fish family.

  81. Jenna says:

    God bless them!

  82. Jennifer R. says:

    Thank you for sharing. I think these cookbooks will make wonderful gifts. I will keep the Fish family in my prayers and pass their information forward. What a beautiful family. Philippians 4:19 comes to mind. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

  83. Kendra says:

    I would love to have this recipe book!

  84. JaNae says:

    What an incredible family. Best wishes and prayers for them.

  85. EnajCosta says:

    Enter me! :)

  86. Thank You for sharing. I just went on to purchase an e-book and it said there is an error. It doesn’t do that on the ipad version. Any ideas. I will be blogging about this story and passing the word out to friends and family. Thanks again for all you do!

  87. Lisa says:

    My heart goes out to the Fish family and I will keep them in my prayers.

  88. Mary says:

    This is such a sad and worthy cause. I’m going to buy the cookbook. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  89. Katie says:

    What wonderful friends to do something so kind for this family.

  90. Stephanie says:

    What an incredible family! I can not imagine all they have gone through. What a beautiful family!

  91. Stacey says:

    As I read your post, I could feel my heart sinking deeper and deeper. My 5-year-old nephew was diagnosed with Medullablastoma (cancer originating in the brain) last August. It makes my heart sick to even *think* about everything he (nephew) endures…and it’s equally despairing watching his parents worry and agonize. That being said, it’s changed me. Every time I hear stories like the one you shared with us I am compelled to help. I want to help. I *need* to help. I applaud the creative minds who found such a great way to offer SUPPORT and to GIVE. I look forward to recieving my copy of the book!

  92. Lisa says:

    What a great cause – looks like a wonderful book!

  93. Tami Forbes says:

    As I sit here with tears in my eyes and a heaviness on my heart for what the Fish family has endured, I pray for them. I pray a prayer for strength and endurance, peace and healing. I also pray a prayer of thanks that my grandbabies are healthy and have never known trials and pains. We take for granted so much in our lives. Thank you for sharing this incredible story. I will pass it on to others so they can contribute – either in prayer or with gifts to help make the Fish’s Wishes come true.

    I hope I win a cookbook but if I don’t I surely will be purchasing one!

  94. Ailene says:

    What a fun idea to make cookbooks for them!

  95. Mame M says:

    Thank you for your blog, and also for caring about this family!

  96. Heather Bishop says:

    I want one!!!!

  97. Jen Bontrager says:

    The cookbook looks beautiful! What a great idea.

  98. Anne says:

    Sending positivie thoughts and wishes their way. What a great idea as a fundraiser for the family.

  99. Lori H says:

    I love cookbooks, and especially love when they support a wonderful cause.

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