Thinking about cancer or another serious illness can leave people with a feeling of helplessness. There's just not much that the average person can do about serious illnesses. We're not researchers and we don't have tons of money to donate. So what else can we do? Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products has found a way to help by teaming up with an organization called Arts for Life.
At this year's EPIC, the annual BlueConcrete and Buddy Rhodes training event, Buddy Rhodes artisans will be creating seating objects made of concrete. Each of these objects will then be offered up at an auction where all of the revenue generated will benefit Arts for Life and the families that they support in four cities across North Carolina. These objects will be designed and crafted by some of the brightest and most talented makers in the world of artisan concrete, says French. These objects will be created to honor those who have to sit and wait for a diagnosis, for treatment or for healing.
A blog post on the Buddy Rhodes site describes a heartwarming relationship that BlueConcrete's resident artisan Jeremy French had with a 6-year-old girl who was on his daughter's soccer team that he coached. This girls' mother was dying of cancer, and later, the girl battled cancer herself.
French believes strongly that a creative outlet can help anyone going through these issues, and by joining forces with Arts for Life, they can do more than they can do alone. The Arts For Life website describes the organization as "a nonprofit dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By providing educational art programs, they enrich patients’ lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences for children and their families."
Jeremy French and Buddy Rhodes are trying to generate as much support for this organization as possible, and are suggesting that we all share the message with others.
French writes, "Ultimately the way you can offer the most support is by bidding for the seating objects that will be up for auction. Aside from getting a functional handcrafted object that you can place anywhere in the world, indoors or outside, you will be getting something that carries a much greater value. You will be winning an opportunity to sit in solidarity with the families who are suffering and fighting."