Tuesday, January 11, 2011

So, I'm working on posting more often

So, I'm working on posting more often but my mind is drawing a blank today on what to post about. :) Isn't that just the way it goes? I've been working on items for the art gallery that carries my work the past few days. I finished 2 bracelets and 5 pairs of earrings. And, I finished the bracelet I'm making for this:
Keith is my friend and I'm hoping that this works out very well for him!

Auctions for Artists
Auctions for Artists

Meet Our First Artist: Keith

I'd like to introduce you to Keith, the inaugural artist for this endeavor.  Grab a cup of coffee and learn a little about this fantastic guy!


In 2007, Keith was diagnosed with Pleomorphic Rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of skeletal tissue cancer rarely found in adults. In 2008, he managed to beat it back and hoped to live cancer-free but it returned in 2009 and spread further into his system. Undaunted, he continues to fight while raising his two little girls.

An artist as well as an experienced IT leader, Keith has been diligent about looking for full-time employment but has been hampered by his battle with cancer. Because full-time work has been elusive, Keith tapped into his abundantly creative side and has been sharing his artistic talents with the world through his shops online while continuing to focus on spending time with his daughters.

The costs of fighting cancer are astronomical. Radiation treatments are thousands of dollars per treatment. Boosters for the immune system cost $1,100 per treatment. The cost of the oral chemo regimen he is on (his heart cannot handle the stress of IV sessions) is $56,000 per year and while a large part of that is covered through charitable organizations, he is still being asked to absorb almost $2,000 a month in medication costs. There is also the cost of therapy, as the emotional burden of fighting cancer and the other issues it raises are hundreds of dollars each month.

Every month, Keith has to choose between his medical needs, basic necessities such as groceries and clothing, and providing a place for he and his daughters to live. The financial and emotional burden is very high, yet Keith still does what he can to help out others in his own way whether it be assisting them with design work or sending leftover supplies he can't use to those who can put them to good use.


So, now the good work begins!  As stated before, this site will depend on donations from people for items to sell and lots of high bidders to buy all the goodies put up for auction.  Please contact me at auctionsforartists@yahoo.com if you have an item you'd like to donate.  Keith's personal auction will take place from 8:00 a.m. (central) on Monday, January 24th through 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30th.

More details will be forthcoming, but for now, let's see what you've got!

If any of you would like to make a monetary donation directly to Keith through PayPal, please e-mail me and I will give you his address.

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