***This was originally posted by my sister Helen on her blog but we think it’s a really important topic and we’re trying to get it to as many people as possible so she very kindly allowed me to copy/steal her blog***
Robert’s Snow: For Cancer’s Cure

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Robert’s Snow: For Cancer’s Cure is a fundraiser founded by children’s illustrator Grace Lin and her husband Robert Mercer. It all began when Robert was diagnosed with bone cancer (Ewing’s sarcoma). Grace told him a story of a mouse that could not go out in the snow (like Robert during his treatments). The story became a children’s book titled Robert’s Snow and a portion of the author’s proceeds benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. From there, Grace and Robert came up with the idea of asking illustrators to create Snowflake Ornaments to be auctioned online with the proceeds going to Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Since 2004, this online auction has raised over $200,000 and this holiday tradition continues this year.

Sadly, Robert lost his battle with cancer this past August.

These snowflakes are beautiful, one of kind pieces. This year’s auctions will be run in three separate sessions:

Auction 1 – November 19 – 23

Auction 2 – November 26 – 30

Auction 3 – December 3 – 7

To view the snowflakes on auction, please click on the dates above. If you happen to be in the area and want to see the snowflakes in person, there will be two special gallery showings between October and December:

Child At Heart Gallery

48 Inn Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

Exhibit Dates:October 3 – 22

Danforth Museum of Art

123 Union Avenue

Framingham, MA 01702

Open House:Sunday, November 4

Special Sneak Preview:October 31 – November 3

Exhibit Dates:November 4 – December 2

If you would like to view the Snowflakes and learn about the illustrators, the wonderful Jules and Eisha at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast are organizing Blogging for a Cure. Each week, starting 10/15/07, different illustrators and their snowflakes will be featured in different blogs. Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast will post a master schedule of the illustrators and the blog urls.Robert’s Snow: For Cancer’s Cure is a worthy cause, so please pass on the word for this fundraiser and if you can go bid on a snowflake!

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