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Scissors 100-hearts 2007

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Maria Bjork (age 8)- Spelling Out Hope with Heart
Maria Bjork (age 8)- Spelling Out Hope with Heart

A Hundred Hearts for Hope - My Mission…Your Help
by Shannon Reinbold-Gee

In 2005 my mother was diagnosed with cancer. She had noticed a heat and stiffness in her leg one night, and realized it was unlike anything she had experienced before. She struggled to get her family physician to send her for testing to see what the mass was. It was finally a chiropractor, Dr. Donna Kulp of Reading, Pennsylvania who got the ball rolling for Mom. We wound up at Hershey’s Hospital because they could do the non-tracking biopsy (which our local hospital didn’t have a reputation for).

Cathy Falkner - Cupid at the Ready
Cathy Falkner - Cupid at the Ready
Naomi Hordes
Naomi Hordes

That first trip to Hershey Hospital was mindblowing for me. We wound up with the wrong specialist first, but he knew Mom was a teacher and he recognized her tumor seemed to fit his friend’s specialty. So he walked us from his office to the office of his friend and personally introduced us to the specialist who would become deeply involved in my Mom’s case over the next 6 months. Even though the place was packed, the doctor insisted that he wouldn’t leave until he had met with my mother. I think I sighed then, because I knew there were at least two young heroes doing their best for people at Hershey Hospital.

We learned that a huge tumor had developed in Mom’s right leg and was growing so fast that it was dying in small parts because it couldn’t get enough blood flow to feed its hungry progress. It was going to be a real battle, my mother’s father had died of stomach cancer at close to her current age, which was also when she was close to my age, with me (as a child) being almost the same age as my son in 2005. It was eerie, the coincidences, and I knew my mother was facing down mortality.

Edie Johnstone - Doves
Edie Johnstone - Doves
Edie Johnstone - Duck Family
Edie Johnstone - Duck Family

Although the idea of losing my mom was more than I could imagine, still harder for me to fathom was the feelings of the parents sitting with their little children in the pediatric waiting room. I had to pass it to get crackers from the vending machine during our long wait, and we had already been inside it that day, looking for the right doctor. My mother would surely agree with me, that although she was far from being done with her life, cancer was even crueler to choose children as its victims.

Walking back out of the hospital that day, we passed through a hallway with art for sale decorating the walls. Over the next six long months of my mother’s treatment, I would pass through the same hallway close to a dozen times. There were paintings, pen and ink, photos and pastels, but never papercuttings. And a thought occurred to me as I took my 2 year old son (so lively and healthy) to visit his grandmother in the hospital last Christmas – That life was simply not fair and more people should step up to try and even the odds.

Edie Johnstone - Hummingbird Heart
Edie Johnstone - Hummingbird Heart
Edie Johnstone - Red Rose
Edie Johnstone - Red Rose

So I developed the idea for “A Hundred Hearts for Hope.” Here’s a summary: On February 1, 2007 I will be putting the first of a hundred papercut hearts on eBay. Some will be matted, some will be framed, some will be simple and some ornate. All will be signed by their artist and include a blurb about their artist. All pieces will start at 99 cents American. The reason for this is that I want this to become an annual event, and in order to do that, people have to talk about it and bid in the online auctions. Auctions will be set for 3 days each, so the early pieces can be shipped to people before Valentine’s Day. Auctions will be staggered, so they will continue throughout February and March. Approximately 74% of the sale price of each heart will go to helping a Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee because they specialize in cancer research and helping treat children struck by this devastating disease. Approximately 10% of the sale of each heart will be donated to the Guild of American Papercutters because they strive to educate people about this art form and embrace children as new cutters. The remaining percent will be used to handle eBay’s insertion and sales fees and for flyers and postcards to encourage participating and bidding next year.

The only problem with all of this is that I’m the mom of a nearly three year old and a recently adopted puppy. I work multiple jobs and volunteer. In short, there is no way I can cut all one hundred hearts for this event (and who would want to see one hundred variations on a single theme from me, anyhow?). Therefore, I am asking for your help. You will not receive payment for your hearts (neither will I) unless you consider my quiet gratitude payment enough. You will need to send them to me at:

Edie Johnstone - White Horse
Edie Johnstone - White Horse
Patty Kile - Hens Under Inverted Tree
Patty Kile - Hens Under Inverted Tree

Shannon Reinbold-Gee
1188 County Highway 5
Otego, NY. 13825

You will need to send them (postmarked) by January 12. You will need for the finished hearts to be either 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (unmated, unframed), 5 inches by 7 inches, or 8 inches by 10 inches. Matted art is preferred to framed in this instance. If you want to do something of different proportions, consider a bookmark, a suncatcher, ornament or wearable art. You must include a short typed biography about yourself and your art. If you a GAP member, please mention that fact. If you’ve won any awards or been published, please list those things. If you are a public servant, a professional artist or illustrator or a volunteer in any capacity, please mention that, too. Often, in selling something like this, the story behind the art is as valuable as the art itself. If you have been touched by cancer, consider telling your story. If you have a website or as business, include contact information. I will e-mail you or drop a postcard in the mail as soon as I receive your art. Your blurb will be used to create the information accompanying your Heart.

Ursula Kirchner - Angel Heart
Ursula Kirchner - Angel Heart
Ursula Kirchner - Birds and Heart Bush
Ursula Kirchner - Birds and Heart Bush

If you do not wish to create a heart to support this mission, please get online and tell others to get online to view and bid on eBay starting February 1st. The more, the merrier! I appreciate your assistance in standing beside me in the battle against cancer. My mother may have lost her leg to the disease, but she’s still around to watch her grandson grow.

Just try this--Imagine a world without cancer… Now, help me work towards it by doing what we can as artists !

Ursula Kirchner - Starburst Heart
Ursula Kirchner - Starburst Heart
B Klausmeier - Double Hearts
B Klausmeier - Double Hearts

Note: The valentines shown were in response to this letter Shannon sent out.

 

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