Lily Pad Paint Night Event
We had a wildly successful event, please see pictures of all the beautiful Lily Pads HERE!
Lily Pad Paint Night Event
When: Thursday, July 14th 7:00 p.m.
Where: Catalyst Art Studio – 88 Center Street, Wallingford CT
The Board of One Breath, One Hope came across a story about a young boy named Nick who fought a long battle with leukemia and a childhood brain tumor since the age of 4. Nick noticed, at one of his many visits to the hospital, a little girl having trouble managing her IV pole. The IV pole, a necessary accessory, goes wherever they do. This sparked Nick into action to create what are now known as “lily pads”. The lily pads are colorful and fun skateboard like platforms that slide onto the wheels of an IV pole so a child can sit and ride it instead of struggling to walk along-side. Nick teamed up with his wood working class at school and formed a project with the goal of making one lily pad for every kid in his hospital. Sadly, in September 2015, at 17, Nick died of his illnesses. However, his classmates and Nick’s Mom Christina carried on, completed the project, and continue to make them today in his memory.
At OBOH, we have requested and received 20 blank lily pads, ready to be painted at our event! We will host a paint night fundraiser on Thursday, July 14th at 7:00 pm. at Catalyst Art Studio: 88 Center Street, Wallingford CT. Tickets are $35 per person and include drinks, snacks, supplies, and an artist who will walk us through making 20 beautiful lily pads that we will be delivering to local hospitals! But wait, there’s more…the studio holds up to 30 people, so an additional 10 people will be able to paint a canvas that we will donate to people OBOH supports. Please contact any OBOH Board member for reservations, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lily pads that we make at our event will be donated in memory of an amazing little girl from East Lyme, Connecticut named Madeline Guarraia, who recently lost her battle with childhood leukemia (all childhood cancers are considered rare diseases). Maddie was a stunningly vibrant spirit who touched so many lives through her contagious positivity and fighting heart. Madeline’s family shared their many terrible, beautiful, and inspiring experiences of the battle with this disease on the “Mad About Madeline” Facebook page which is followed by thousands of loyal supporters, both in their community and beyond. We at OBOH are hoping that these lily pads will bring fun and joy to the children and families that use them as Maddie always brought a bright light and a fearless smile to every life she touched.