| October 2018
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat! The moment something happens somewhere, we hear about it nearly instantly. So many ways to connect, yet growing evidence that people are feeling increasingly isolated. What to do? Read one artist's suggestion, below.
The face of a child never occurs to me when someone speaks of cancer. Yet, 700 children (and their families) worldwide receive that devastating diagnosis each year. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by a 4-year old battling neuroblastoma. She wanted to give "her doctors and hospital" money to help other kids like her. There’s more on Alex’s non-profit, below.
FN Newsletter Editor
Using our Artistic Gifts in Troubling Times
By Phawnda Moore for emptyeasel.com
Current events seem to be on overload: politics, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires and health problems, to name a few. I’m guessing we’re all feeling a little overwhelmed and maybe somewhat helpless as we read the news—day after day.
image via Phawnda Moore
After we donate money, express our opinions on Facebook and lament with friends, in private moments we still wonder if it will all be OK someday. We wonder how our family and friends across the country will rebuild, heal, and carry on. So many lives are affected, so much needs to be done. How do we go forward?
Let's remember that we can offer encouragement to each other in a unique way, with our art.
Someone once said, "People only know what you tell them." This is true of relationships across the board and around the world. There are doubts and fears that art can calm. So what, specifically, can we do?
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The FestivalNet Giving Tree
It's my (Marisa) honor to have chosen this month's Giving Tree recipient: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. ALSF started with one lemonade stand, hosted by founder Alexandra ‘Alex' Scott in her front yard. She was four and raised $2,000.
She died at eight in 2004 of neuroblastoma. In her too short, but extraordinary life, Alex raised $1,000,000 and inspired a legacy of hope and cures for pediatric cancer.
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation will receive a portion of FestivalNet's gross profits this month. See all our apples up on our Giving Tree page!
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