On Saturday, March 16, 2013 we will be holding the second annual art fair in honor of Ryan Luxem, an 11 year old boy who lost his battle with leukemia in 2010. During his 4 ½ year battle with leukemia, he endured intensive chemotherapy, radiation, and two bone marrow transplants. He also inspired many with his strength, faith and compassion for others. He enjoyed art and often spent time working with a variety of mediums of art including painting, molding, and drawing. He was most well-known for his talent in origami. Ryan sold hundreds of origami pieces to raise money for causes that were important to him, including the MACC Fund for childhood cancer and related blood disorder research.
To honor Ryan’s legacy and his wishes, we are continuing his efforts to raise funds for childhood cancer research by holding an arts and crafts fair. We are asking artists to donate a piece of art or a craft item to the Inspired By Ryan Arts Fair. We would like artists to include a statement with their donation telling how a child/teenager with cancer or their story has inspired the piece of art they have created or how he/she has impacted their life. These statements will be on display with the items. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the MACC Fund.
The purpose of this event is two-fold. Our goal is to spread awareness about childhood cancer while raising money for childhood cancer research. Through this endeavor we hope to share Ryan’s story and the stories of the many children whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer with others who in turn will pass these stories on.