Ten years ago a client and friend was in my studio when she received a phone call from her son's doctor. That would be the first of many, many phone calls she would take over the next few years because her 12 year old son had cancer.
As she went through the process of many hospital stays, doctor appointments and caring for a sick child, she realized the many gaps that she and other families experienced while dealing with this life altering situation. She was so affected by the struggle that she witnessed that she decided to do something about it. That client was Christine Neitzke, Founder of The Dragonfly Foundation. The Dragonfly's mission is to support the families that strive for fulfilling and complete lives during and after treatment. To see the many ways that Dragonfly does this, click here.
Four years ago, I decided to get involved. Being an artist at the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati, OH, I had a platform where artists could make a difference. I went to Christine with an idea of putting on a fundraiser to benefit Dragonfly. I reached out to the 200 artists in my building to create small works for of with the proceeds going to Dragonfly and many of the artists responded. Although we might not be the biggest contributor to Dragonfly, we are very dedicated —I am so proud to announce that we launched our fourth art sale Friday, October 29th, 2021