A Very Special Road Trip
It’s been too long since I’ve been to visit my dear friend Cherie. (Learn more about my childhood friend here) Traveling to teach my Paper Paintings Collage Workshop takes me all over the country (and the world!) and sometimes makes additional travel impossible for me. But, I made the 2-hour drive and was able to stay overnight last week.
Many of you have asked me how she’s doing, well she’s doing alright. It’s been five years since Cherie was paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident on a divided highway in Vero Beach, FL. I’ll never forget the day I got that call from her sister and headed out to the ICU at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center to find my childhood friend in pretty bad shape.
No Photos Please
This trip Cherie wasn’t feeling very photogenic. She’s a little down and it shows. Over the years I have sold artwork to support my friend in need financially, which is about the only way I knew how in the beginning. The funds I have raised (also through the sales of a very nice art coffee table book titled Art With Heart) helped Cherie afford some of the things she needed when she was first home from her long stay in ICU, followed by the spinal cord rehabilitation center in Atlanta.
These days Cherie pretty much has everything she needs, including 24-hour home health care much of the time. Many of these hours are provided by her amazing sister Sue, who works tirelessly.
Over the years, many of my online art followers have made Cherie hand-made get well cards, birthday cards, including words of hope and encouragement. Cherie has been overwhelmed by the support and kindness of strangers, some of the cards are framed and hanging in her bedroom, the room she’s pretty much restricted to these days. I think Cherie could use some cheering up this holiday season, and as we approach her 48th birthday, February 2nd.
Three years ago, Cherie did a video “thank you” shout out to everyone that had sent notes and cards after her accident
Drop Her A Note
I’d like to ask you again to send Cherie a note of encouragement, a holiday card, or a birthday card. If you are an artist, it would be amazingly wonderful if you could send a hand-made card, or a card with an image of your work. If you are not an artist, it would be amazingly wonderful if you could send a store-bought card! Cherie would appreciate any and all efforts, as the above video expresses.
Unfortunately her voice has gotten weak, and the dictation software does not work very well for her anymore. Additionally, she’s encountered some medical setbacks that have prevented her from getting out of bed and into the wheelchair, which she needs to be in to sit at her computer. So, without email or access to the internet, she’s kind of closed off from the world. Because of this, I hope you might consider reaching out and into her world:
Cherie Stannard / 1245 45th CT SW / Vero Beach FL 32968
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