Every one of us has been affected by cancer directly or indirectly. I've personally lost close family members to this beast, which has left a permanent scar on my heart. Death is part of the cycle of life but I hope to see the day where cancer is no longer the cause of it. That is why I have great respect for organizations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, who are paving the way for reaching this milestone and are providing support along the way to those who are currently fighting the good fight. I have and continue to support the work of such organizations with open arms via my art.
Each year, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosts its Man and Woman of the Year gala, "a philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated individuals in communities across the United States. Candidates form powerful fundraising teams and compete in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors." #fightbloodcancer This year, the gala will be hosted virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic and so is the auction. I have chosen to join a fundraising team and donating the painting below, available for bidding on Charity Buzz. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go towards blood cancer research. #artforacause
This painting was inspired by the following quote from Rumi's poetry. "Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half heartedness doesn't reach into majesty." I chose to donate this particular painting not only because the details look like blood drops but also because nothing is guaranteed in a gamble and it's the thrill of the unknown and surrendering to divine love that gives us the strength to navigate through the rollercoaster journey of life.
If you have empty walls ready to be filled, you'd be artifying your space AND contributing to a great cause all at once. Otherwise, any support in any amount will go a long way. You can make a donation directly here by tapping on the red button on the top left hand corner.