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Children capture cancer survivor’s journey through art
Annual A Broad’s Brush: The Art of Survivors fundraiser is Sunday
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Two sisters and their brother, ages 6 through 10, each submitted artwork as their grandparents are fighting cancer from Chicago, Illinois. - photo by For The Times

BY KAYLA ELDER

kelder@gainesvilee.com

Children are submitting pieces of art depicting what their loved one’s journey through cancer means to them. The artwork will be displayed at the 5th annual A Broad’s Brush: The Art of Survivors event Sept. 24.

The auction and fundraising benefit will take place at the Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive in Gainesville, from 2 to 5 p.m.

“We have a lot of people who have been touched by cancer coming together because they know this is a very worthy event,” said Sue Sigmon-Nosach, 13-year survivor and founder of Partnership of Gynecological Cancer Support. “We have helped about 711 women since we started four and half years ago. It has been a blessing to be able to help these women.”

The theme this year was inspired by Payne Gambill, 8, who drew a picture at last year’s event. Gambill is the grandson of founding patrons Barbara and Harry Gambill, and son of Joshua and Ann Gambill.

Because of his drawing, the event will feature eight pieces of art from other children.

“He wrote ‘I am sad for cancer girls’ and he realizes that not everyone gets to have a happy ending. The child was sympathetic enough to realize it makes him sad,” Sigmon-Nosach said. “When he heard the stories of the women we talked about, that is what brought it home for him.”

Payne will be awarding three prizes to the People’s Choice winners that afternoon.

“We have about eight children’s entries that have witnessed cancer firsthand and their interpretation, what they saw while their relative was going through it,” Sigmon-Nosach said.

Proceeds from the event will go toward Partnership of Gynecological Cancer Support, the hosts of the evening. With a mission to help reduce the financial toxicity of a cancer diagnosis for women and their families in northeast Georgia, PGCS has supported about 724 women since its inception in 2013.

“When a person is diagnosed with cancer it is not just that person that is affected,” Sigmon-Nosach said. “You don’t realize that until you are living it on a day-to-day basis, but the entire household is affected.”

PGCS provides monetary donations to families in the form of gift cards, as well as paying utilities and pharmacy needs not covered by insurance.

“This is our only fundraiser that we do. We rely on grants, personal and corporate donations and memorial gifts. In order to do what we do, we have to raise money,” Sigmon-Nosach said. “All of our money goes to reduce the burden of cancer for the entire family with a gift card in the amount of $300.”

The money can be used to buy groceries, gas and necessary items for the family, according to Sigmon-Nosach.

“We found that some women were sleeping in the hospital family rooms the night before surgery as they were trying to prep for the surgery,” she said. “They were sleeping in chairs. When we heard that we partnered with Hilton Garden Inn and that is where we place those travelers.”

There will be silent auctions, food and wine, games, raffles and entertainment by Kevin Bennett. The live auction will be led by professional auctioneer Cade Curtis.

“This is a fun event. We don’t dwell on the cancer aspect of it. Every year we have honored someone we have lost, but this year we decided to go with living honorees. We have two well-known women in Gainesville who have both survived ovarian cancer,” Sigmon-Nosach said. “With the child’s drawing we decided to make it a happy affair, because we are going to celebrate these lives and the people we have lost to this disease.”

There will also be a wine toss and duck back game.

“It is not a long sit-down program, there is moving around, fun and talking with friends while meeting survivors – that is what it is all about,” Sigmon-Nosach said.

For more information visit www.supportgc.org. Call 770-406-3406 or email gcsurvivor@gmail.com for further details.

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