cillab42 has posted about her situation on her LJ. You can help raise funds for her by making a direct donation, participating in the auction, and/or spreading the word among your friends.
The auction started, November 20, and will run until November 29 (next Saturday). The last date for the auction is not the date by which you need to deliver your work. It's just the last date for people to bid on offers. You can talk to your winner and decide on the details/due date.
There are some wonderful people offering works. If you have a chance pop on over and check it out!