Rosie O'Donnell is stepping up efforts to help raise money for desmoid tumor research, a rare condition that her wife Michelle Rounds is currently battling.


The rare disease, affecting only three in one million people, can cause life threatening problems or even death if allowed to grow unchecked near vital organs. 


"Thankful for the love and support so many have given us during these trying times," O'Donnell wrote in a recent post. "Including all of u stranger-friends connected thru invisible strands of wi fi."


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In a addition to eBay auctions, the 50-year-old comedian recently opened up an Etsy shop showcasing her original art and offering matching donations on any sales. 


hello my name is rosie odonnell," she intros in her typical lower-case writing. "i am crafty. ETSY = a crafters paradise. all money made here goes to support the Demoid Tumor Research Foundation. i will match all money dollar for dollar."


The artworks include a piece inspired by the loss of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, colors on canvas created after the Democratic National Convention, and a collage of sorts featuring Rosa Parks, a young Rosie, and buttons glued on by her children. 


All of the money raised will benefit the The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation. To see some additional examples of O'Donnell's art, check out the promo video below. 


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Rosie O'Donnell opens charity Etsy shop
Original artwork will benefit the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation.