In the fall of 2015, I began feeling a strong pull to be of service to others through my artwork. I wanted to come up with a way to have fun, create art, and give back. My friend and collector, Keith Spiro, was telling me about his friend, cancer evangelist Dave Bjork, and his involvement with the National Foundation for Cancer Research's "Play4TheCure" program. During the course of our conversation, I asked Keith, "If athletes can ‘Play4TheCure,’ then why couldn't artists ‘Paint4TheCure’?" With that, Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) was born. In December 2015, I had my first Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon." I set up my easel in public and painted for eight hours straight. I sold raffle tickets both online and in person, and awarded the finished painting as the prize. 50% of the raffle ticket sales went to the charity of my choice, and for my first Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon," that charity was NFCR's "Play4TheCure" program. I have since done a Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" monthly (seven events so far), and I have raised over $1300 for various charities. NFCR's "Play4TheCure" program has been my chosen charity for two out of seven months, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to help with such a worthy cause. We're all in this together: everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer...and together, we can make a difference.