Coolest Categories Contest

June 27, 2011

Hello, Friends! I have a big announcement and I’m all sorts of excited about it. It has two parts. Here’s the first one:

This year, the American Cancer Society has had some of the biggest names in art and entertainment join in to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. People like Rihanna and Justin Bieber. People like Eric Carle. And now, it’s your turn.

-Musicians/Future Rock Stars, submit a music video of you performing the “Happy Birthday” song.
-Super-cool Artists/Designers, submit original art inspired by the progress we are making against cancer.

The winning musician will be featured in a nationwide advertising campaign. The winning art will be featured in an American Cancer Society card collection on Tiny Prints. And both will be featured in the More Birthdays online gallery. Best of all, every entry will help raise awareness and support for the fight against cancer. Awesome, right?!

There will only be two big winners of the Create More Birthdays Contest, but you can bet, there will be many other amazing submissions that deserve recognition. Which brings me to the 2nd part of the announcement: I’m going to run a concurrent contest on Design Mom called the Coolest Categories Contest.

I’ve teamed up with the American Cancer Society to create four additional categories with four cool prizes. The categories are Did That Just Happen?, Can’t Get It Out of My Head, Most Likely to Go Viral, and Gasp-Worthy. And the prize for each category is: a print of your choice from the More Birthdays gallery, a collection of More Birthdays wrapping paper, and a Tiny Prints gift pack. Rad! If you don’t win the Create More Birthday Contest, you’ll be considered for a prize in the Coolest Categories Contest — you don’t have to do anything extra to enter.

How will the lucky winners of the Coolest Categories Contest be picked? I have 4 fabulous guest judges that I’ll introduce to you on July 6th. So watch for it. And in the meantime, go enter and go vote! I can’t wait to see your artistic creations and hear you (or your kids!) sing Happy Birthday. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite entries here on Design Mom. Yay!

P.S. — I don’t think I know anyone that hasn’t had their life touched by cancer in some way. How about you? Also, which category do you want to win? One more thing: find contest info and rules here.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ana June 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

I love this. So cool.


2 Design Mom June 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

Thanks, Ana!


3 Keia June 27, 2011 at 8:15 am

Sounds cool. Maybe I’ll have a chance to enter. I recently lost a colleague to cancer as well as others in the past. I’ve been looking for some way to give back.


4 Design Mom June 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

I hope you do get a chance to enter, Keia!


5 allysha June 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

Ben’s dad died of cancer a year and a half after we were married. I often wonder how different our lives our now without him, than what they would have been.
This is very cool.


6 Design Mom June 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

Oh man! A year and half? That was barely enough time to get to know him.


7 Joanna June 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

This is a very inspiring contest.


8 Design Mom June 28, 2011 at 2:08 am

Thanks, Joanna! I’m really looking forward to seeing the entries.


9 Incomparable buttons June 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

Great work…any little bit helps…for sure…and looks as though this might help a lot…
Lost my dad to cancer when I was in my twenties…my husbands sister too…my gran,her sister,and my mom survived breast cancer…but my grandfather died of throat cancer…so yes …a cause very very close to us.
Good luck with all your endeavours…
Love your blog…
Just returned from a couple of weeks in France …and posted about our French tortoise! its a beautiful country…


10 Design Mom June 28, 2011 at 2:08 am

Cancer has touched your life too many times! I hope you’ll spread the word about this cool contest.


11 Incomparable buttons June 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Yes we definitely will….and you won’t believe but I forgot to mention one other person…my brothers wife has survived breast cancer…so yes quite a record…seven close family members is more than enough! Though having four out of seven beat the disease is huge…


12 Sarah June 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Love this idea!!! I just spent the past year being tested for cancer while being pregnant. I spent many hours during my weekly tests getting looks of pity while I’m sure I was reflecting back the same look. Baby and I both got a clean bill of health but must continue yearly testing. I am always grateful for someone to use words as support rather then looks of pity, even though I often cannot find the words myself. Thank you for doing this.


13 Design Mom June 28, 2011 at 2:06 am

Ugh! Pregnancy + cancer is no good at all. So glad you have a clean bill of health.


14 Andrea June 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Wish I had the guts to enter!


15 Design Mom June 28, 2011 at 2:06 am

You totally have the guts! Go for it.


16 Sharon June 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I have a very close 43-year-old friend battling terminal breast cancer. It’s stage 4 and has spread to her lungs, bones, etc. She had one good remission but is struggling right now. On top of it all, they just moved from the area for a better job for her husband. Because she has no family we (her friends) have been her everything – rides to chemo, emotional support, meals, play dates for her 8 year old son. It’s like losing her and then knowing we’ll lose her again. It’s the damndest situation. Wish I had some artistic talent, but glad for those who do who can help raise $$ for this brutal disease.


17 Design Mom June 28, 2011 at 2:04 am

Oh Sharon! What a particularly awful situation. You sound like an amazing friend.


18 Trina June 28, 2011 at 12:14 am

I’m a cancer survivor myself and am a former employee and then long time volunteer for the American Cancer Society and am so glad you’re doing this! It really is an amazing organization that does amazing things to help cure cancer. Can’t wait to see some of the entries! Thanks again for doing this.


19 Design Mom June 28, 2011 at 2:04 am

Thanks for your comment, Trina! I’m so excited about the contest. Can’t wait to see what people come up with!


20 Jessie Hansen June 28, 2011 at 6:57 am

I haven’t been affected by cancer. I know some people, but that’s more like a friend’s sister etc. Not personal. ALS is where I donate and where I could get on my soapbox. My sister had it. You can’t just cut it out with a hope of survival.
Oh wait, my dad has cancer. I laugh at this. Karma is a b****.


21 jazibe June 28, 2011 at 7:37 am

at the risk of sounding … unintelligent , what kinds of works are accepted for the coolest categories? designs and music also?
sorry :-]
btw, if you are ever in Switzerland let me know! i would love to be your tourguide :)


22 Design Mom June 28, 2011 at 7:47 am

Hi Jazibe! Sorry if I was unclear. Yes! The works for the Coolest Categories Contest are also designs and music. In fact, winners of the Coolest Categories Contest will be picked from entries of the Create More Birthdays Contest.

To explain it another way, participants will just enter one contest — the Create More Birthdays Contest — by submitting a video or artwork at If you don’t win the Create More Birthdays Contest, you’ll be considered for a prize in the Coolest Categories Contest.

I hope that’s more clear!


23 eb BLACK June 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

My husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer at 32 and is celebrating 7 years in remission this month. My mom just finished treatment in March for another “down there” cancer and my 36 year sister was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this month. Ugh.


24 Sharlene June 29, 2011 at 8:29 am

I’m late on commenting, but perhaps you’ll still see this. Both my parents died of cancer: ovarian and colon. I love this contest, and I love the current TV “birthday” ads about cancer awareness. Thanks for making this available. Can’t wait to see the results and all the entrants.


25 Design Mom June 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

Awful! Cancer affects everybody. So glad you like the contest, Sharlene. I hope you’ll help spread the word. Even better, submit an entry! : )


26 ArtByNorm July 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm

What a great idea – thanks for doing this!


27 Karin July 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

Hi, Gabrielle,
I’ve been reading your lovely, inspiring blog for a couple of years now–thank you, thank you for all the joy, quiet moments you bring to readers’ lives. In light of your teaming with the American Cancer Society, I thought you might like to know about The Cancer Poetry Project. It’s an award-winning anthology of cancer-related poetry–written by patients and survivors, spouses and family members, friends and health advisors. This year, we’re accepting poetry submissions again for the second volume. In addition to selecting about 150 poems, we’re thrilled that this time 12 poets will receive cash prizes and their favorite cancer organizations will also receive cash prizes. More details are at Thank you again for all you do. Your contest sounds wonderful!


28 Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** July 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

Gabrielle – thanks for letting us know about this wonderful project! I just uploaded my Happy Birthday video…

And wrote a blog post on it:



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