“Sunflowers and Support” – a Success

Sunflower paintingOn Saturday, November 5th children and adults of all ages created works of art while getting to know others affected by sarcoma cancer. The Rein in Sarcoma Patient and Family Support Committee organized the “Sunflowers and Support” Fall Gathering which was held at Gilda’s Club in Minnetonka.

Fall GatheringThe afternoon began with introductions and social time. Many attendees were thankful to be surrounded by others also affected by sarcoma. Rhonda Brutt stated “I’ve never met anyone else with sarcoma and I’m hoping I’ll feel less alone.” Another guest empathized with Brutt and said “Nobody’s ever heard of it.” Each guest took a turn introducing themselves and sharing their sarcoma story while providing words of encouragement to others going through treatment.

Adult paintingThe adult painting was led by Allie DeCamillis of Gilda’s Club. “Let you inner five year old play,” said DeCamillis as she began instructions for the painting. DeCamillis gave basic instructions but encouraged lots of creativity. “Real life sunflowers would intermingle and overlap” said DeCamillis as she encouraged painters to not worry about painting outside of the lines. DeCamillis received lots of help from volunteer Bev Leckie who helped distribute painting supplies to all the guests.

Children paintingThe children’s painting was led by Chelsey Olafson and Erin Leckie. Olafson and Leckie prepped the kids for painting by first having them play with mixing colors and drawing their sunflowers. When the kids began painting, their sunflowers turned bright and cheerful. The kids were very excited about their paintings. “They (sunflowers) remind me of my grandpa,” said Clara Sohns. “I want to show my mom this,” said Liam Dickhoff.

Children with paintingsChildren and adult painters left with their arms full of bright, colorful paintings and connections made with others affected by sarcoma.

Please join us for our Winter Gathering which will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Bachman’s Lyndale Corporate Office, 6010 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55419. Read more about this year’s Winter Gathering.

Contact Connie Dow with questions and to RSVP, Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 3, or via email.