HANDS SAVING HANDS- Your hands have the power to save mine.
Organized by: Victoria Hart
This week...is Now
July 23, 2016
UPDATE: ART AUCTION Revered and talented artists Arthur Gonzalez, Christina A. West, Caroline Douglas, Deborah G Rogers, Debra Fritts, Penney Bidwell, and Lisa Clague have donated a piece of their work toward an auction to benefit this fundraiser. Stay Tuned. . Photos of work donated is included in the gallery at left. Please scroll below for more information on these artists and their donated work. Thank you my beautiful friends.
Here is a description of this fundraiser:
My hands define my life.Hi, I'm Victoria Hart and I was recently diagnosed with Dupuytren's Disease. This is a progressive debilitating condition of the hand. Scar tissue forms inside the palm prohibiting the opening and closing of the hands and fingers. The scar tissue causes permanent flexion contracture of the fingers. The hand closes, is deformed, and no longer functions. We all need our hands. I cannot imagine living without mine.
My hands define my life. I am an RN, an artist, a caretaker, a Mom, a gardener, a cook,.... You likely fill many of these roles in your own life.We all use our hands daily and we all take them for granted. Notice today as you go about your doings, how wonderful, magical truly, your hands are as they work for you.
How do my hands define my life?
Following my recent breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, I have been committed to caring for other women with a cancer diagnosis. My work with them has been given freely. I act as a guide, a teacher, a support person; I provide assistance for the those dying and their families. I guide women through the mastectomy process by eliminating their fear and replacing it with knowledge. This has been my joy and my way of paying Grace forward. As a RN, I have worked in hospital for those in critical care. I have worked roadside as a good samaritan and have been blessed with saving a few lives in this setting. Now, I share my education and my experience with others in a navigation/guidance role, always giving freely as needed.
As an artist, I work with clay and create functional ware, as well as sculptural forms. This has been a source of joy and a way to share my emotional journey and wisdom with others.
I have used my hands to take in a child in need and raise her. She is now in college and thriving. I have used my hands to help a young man, in danger of continuing on the wrong path in life, to carry him to better choices and a better life.
I have used my hands to assist in rescuing puppy mill dogs that were going to be killed.
I know you use your hands in valuable ways also. Please, appreciate what your open, offering hand can give to others. It is as simple as holding open a door for a stranger, or as rewarding as holding the hand of a dying friend, or making a meal for a neighbor in need. The gift of giving hands blesses us all. Imagine losing the use of your priceless hands; this is what I am facing.
I am now, it appears, in need of your caring hands to help me save my own. The prognosis for Dupuytren's Contracture is grim and there is only one hope, one option to stop the progression. I have been diagnosed early. This early diagnosis makes me a candidate for oncology radiation which has shown great success, 85% success in research, in halting the progression of contracture and disability. The expert in this field, Professor Heinrich Seegenschmeidt, is located in Hamburg, Germany. I will need to travel there for radiation, treatment of 5 consecutive days, and then return 3 months later for another treatment of 5 consecutive days. This is my plan. I will be fully on my own on this, flights, meals, lodging, follow up care, and yes, the medical charges as well. There is an additional comorbid risk of involvement of the plantar/feet known as Ledderhose. I have shared the research data below.
I am asking, humbly, for your help in saving my hands. We all value our hands, although we often take them for granted. I feel the most joy, and in service of JAH, when I am helping others with my hands. Please, help. If I have helped you, made you feel joy, laughter, made you ponder, wonder, question, begin again, love more; if I have given to you OR you are in need of passing forward a gift someone has selflessly given you, please consider funding me in this pursuit of treatment. Thank you.
My hands define my life.
Many health blessings to you.
May God's love be with you.
For additional information on Dupuytren's:
Infomation on the donated art work is provided. Please check out more on these gifted and giving artists:
Arthur Gonzalez: Arthur's piece is "Touch" is a coffee table piece. "14x20x6" Value: $6,000.00
More of his work can be seen at: http://www.arthurgonzalez.com
Christina A. West: Her piece is:
Title: What a Doll
Stuffed cloth and glazed ceramic limbs
each figure is 48" long, Value: $4,000.00
More images of her work can be seen here:
my website: http://www.cwestsculpture.com
Mindy Solomon Gallery: http://www.mindysolomon.com/artists/index.php?artist=Christina West
Caroline Douglas: Her piece is titled: The Heart Has Wings
More of Caroline's work can be viewed at: http://www.carolinedouglas.com
Lisa Clague: Lisa has donated 2 plates from her limited plate edition.
Titled: "My Cup Is Full" and "Transcending"
Clay, underglaze, luster and encaustic. $800.00 each
More of Lisa's work can be viewed at: