I painted this with inspiration from a very dear friend who has lost both parents and grandmothers to cancer. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Please see her message below.
As you may know, my family has been dreadfully affected by cancer. Both of my parents and their mothers have died from this disease. These tragedies were not only close to home, they were actually in my home. My father died this March due to complications from prostate cancer and my mother died in October 2005 from complications of colon cancer but had been in remission from ovarian cancer for 10 years prior to her death. My father's mother died of colon cancer and my mother's mother died of ovarian cancer. Due to my heightened familial exposure to cancer, I have revved up my efforts to become more health & environmentally conscious and encourage my family and friends to do the same. All too well, I know how this disease affects people physically,mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and it also takes a massive toll on the people who care for them. It is nothing I want to happen to anyone, but almost everyone I know has been affected by this disease somehow.
According to the National Cancer Institute's rates from 2003-2005, 40.35% of men and women born today will be diagnosed with cancer of all sites at some time during their lifetime. This number can also be expressed as 1 in 2 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer of all sitesduring their lifetime. With this in mind, I am raising money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and am asking for each of you to make a donation of ANY amount. The event will be held on May 2nd at the Canton Multipurpose Complex Track from 6:00pm until. Due to the hustle and bustle of all of the events that have occurred in my family over these last two months, I am a late starter so I am rushing to meet my very small personal goal of $250 by Friday.