The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship is sponsoring one of the most unique events. It will truly be unlike any fundraising event you have ever experienced before.
On September 9, 2009, the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center (Washington, DC) is hosting the event called “Courage Unmasked.” Over 100 artists from all over the country are creating fine art by transforming radiation masks formerly worn by head and neck cancer (HNC) patients. These masks are used to position and immobilize their heads during treatment.
It was during one such treatment session that this idea came to a patient, also an artist, who wanted to find a way to ease the financial burden on other HNC patients who cannot afford this expensive, grueling, but necessary radiation. The auction proceeds will go into the charity fund, dedicated to help HNC patients.
My brother-in-law, Chet, battled this form of cancer. Shortly after Chet’s diagnosis he lost his battle. He endured treatments and horrible steps to fight the disease. Chet’s was yet another life cut short by cancer. He left behind four young, beautiful children and a very inspiring wife, Lynn (a breast cancer survivor).
You can take a look at these amazing works of art by visiting the Gallery at the Courage Unmasked website. During the event the “Courage Unmasked: Giving A Voice to The Oral Cancer Survivors” film will make it’s debut. It is a short documentary about head and neck cancer patients produced and directed by Fulvia Musti Ciarla, professor of Italian at Georgetown University.
I am anxious to hear reports from the gala this evening!