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HANDS SAVING HANDS- Your hands have the power to save mine.

Organized by: Victoria Hart

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This week...is Now
July 23, 2016

Hello. I leave this week for my second round of radiation. My hands are, indeed, in an angry, flared, painful way just as they should be for See More

THE STORY:

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.

 

Victoria

 

For additional information on Dupuytren's:

http://degro.wcenter.de/dav/html/kongress2010/eposter/W7-13.pdf

http://degro.wcenter.de/dav/html/kongress2010/eposter/W7-14.pdf

https://youtu.be/x_vecaIme58

http://dupuytrens.org

 

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
2010-11
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

Instagram: http://@cwestsculpture

Mindy Solomon Gallery: http://www.mindysolomon.com/artists/index.php?artist=Christina West

CG2 Gallery:http://www.cg2gallery.com/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

http://www.Facebook.com/carolinedouglasart

https://www.instagram.com/carolinedouglasart/

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: 

https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Clague-Sculpture-388459164681351/?pnref=about.overview

https://www.facebook.com/lisa.clague?fref=ts


 

$8,740

 

35% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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  • Lura and Marlo

    $50

  • Gary Hart

    $250

  • Penney Bidwell

    $25

  • Ruth McLendon

    $50

  • Kyla Duffy

    $25

  • Olivia

    $50

  • Carol Duffy

    $25

  • Ellen Frohardt

     

  • Laura Swaim

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Bodywork wisdom

    $135

  • Jenny

     

  • Cate

    $25

  • Patrice Spitz

    $54

  • Stacy A phillips

    $25

  • Donna

    $50

  • Anita Roll

    $25

  • Emilie and Douglass Parker

    $50

  • Karyn

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jana

    $50

  • Julia

    $50

  • Anandamayi

    $15

  • Ami VanDeventer

    $50

  • Ruthanne Smith

    $250

  • Carolyn

    $70

  • Traci Schaum

    $50

  • Rosemary Hegarty

    $100

  • Natalie-Pascale Boisseau

    $100

  • Mark & Debi Skees

    $50

  • Donnie Skees

    $50

  • The SHOWER SHIRT Co., LLC

    $25

  • Tom Haney

    $100

  • Jen Pestka

    $20

  • Mike Hare

    $100

  • Dreamakatt

     

  • Sandy M

    $50

  • James T

     

  • Rori BASS

    $25

  • Silvia Ferrari-Palmer

     

  • Keith Prince and Earla Stewart

    $250

  • Jemi

    $25

  • Rick Simns

    $25

  • Cynthia and Ernie

    $50

  • Laura Swaim

    $100

  • Paolo Vicente Lim

    $100

  • Connie Jean

    $100

  • Gayla Lemke

    $50

  • Adana

     

  • The Christensens

    $100

  • sue wallingford

    $50

  • Jodi

    $25

  • Kristi Roll

    $100

  • Connie Jean

    $100

  • John Perry

    $250

  • Josh Hays & Aurora Zarate

    $250

  • Eyeworks Louisville

    $100

  • Gail Taber

    $100

  • Grace Morgan

    $25

  • Angela DeMoss

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Connie Jean

    $300

  • Douglass and Emilie Parker

    $50

  • Gayla Lemke

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Hailey

    $25

  • Center Your Body Pilates

    $25

  • Virginia Brown Martin

     

  • Judy

    $25

  • Keith Prince and Earla Stewart

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Leigh Arora

     

  • Beth Foster

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Lisa clague

    $100

  • Cynthia and Ernie

    $25

  • Sheri C

    $50

  • Connie Jean

    $50

  • Rosemary Hegarty

    $25

  • Cate

    $25

  • Howard Sheffield

    $100

  • Silvia

     

  • Gayla Lemke

    $50

  • Keith Prince and Earla Stewart

     

  • Carolyn Schilling

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Virginia Martin

    $25

  • Dawn Faust Bibby

    $25

  • Caroline Douglas

    $50

  • Patrick Kalenzi

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ruthanne Smith

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $36

  • Kim Goff

    $50

  • Hailey

     

  • Lisa Guth-Robinson

    $50

  • Lisa Guth-Robinson

    $50

  • AustinAnnieD

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

AustinAnnieD

AustinAnnieD

I love you friend! 2 years ago

Lisa Guth-Robinson

Lisa Guth-Robinson

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Lisa Guth-Robinson

Lisa Guth-Robinson

DONATION: $50

Prayers for your journey... 2 years ago

Hailey

Hailey

Love your beautiful, caring Soul and most perfect hands! 2 years ago

Kim Goff

Kim Goff

DONATION: $50

Hang in there beautiful woman! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $36

With prayers for you Victoria 2 years ago

Ruthanne Smith

Ruthanne Smith

DONATION: $1,000

Victoria. I am so sorry that I was unable to do a booth at this year's Woodyfest. I just couldn't get it to happen. I hope this donation will get you closer to your last radiation treatment. know that you are in my thoughts always. I will try to change ntinue to help when I can. Love Ruthanne 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Patrick Kalenzi

Patrick Kalenzi

I love your courage. Love your family. 2 years ago

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