Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fundraiser/Studio Sale - I donate to many charities, time for a little Karma action.

Project: Eyes
Mood: Positive
Media: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

A few years back I was diagnosed with Keratoconus in both eyes.

"Keratoconus (from Greek: kerato- horn, cornea; and konos cone), is a degenerative disorder of the eye in which structural changes within the cornea cause it to thin and change to a more conical shape than its normal gradual curve.

Keratoconus can cause substantial distortion of vision, with multiple images, streaking and sensitivity to light all often reported by the patient. It is typically diagnosed in the patient's adolescent years and attains its most severe state in the twenties and thirties. If afflicting both eyes, the deterioration in vision can affect the patient's ability to drive a car or read normal print. In most cases, corrective lenses are effective enough to allow the patient to continue to drive legally and likewise function normally. Further progression of the disease may require surgery including intrastromal corneal ring segments, corneal collagen cross-linking, or corneal transplantation. However, despite the disease's unpredictable course, keratoconus can often be successfully managed with little or no impairment to the patient's quality of life."

For me though, its not so good, my left eye has degenerated to the point that I cannot focus on anything, glasses/contacts do not help. Working as an artist with a bad eye is problematic as best.

Up until a few weeks ago I thought I needed a corneal replacement, a drastic and life changing operation. Luckily I don’t need it, but I need two other procedures to correct my vision and repair my eye. Unluckily it’s not covered by Alberta Health Care or any health plan, its considered elective surgery.

Yup, surgery to regain my vision and heal my eye is elective.

I need to raise $4000 for my surgery so I can continue to make beautiful things.

I am having a Studio Sale this weekend from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at 709 - 23 Avenue SE Calgary, Alberta.

There will also be glasswork by my neighbors Brenda Taylor and her brother David of Taylormade Glass. A portion of their sales will also be helping me out with my surgery (I have awesome neighbors).

There is a link HERE to my Facebook event page if you are so inclined to share this event through Facebook.

I will also be putting up some interesting things over the next little while at Fiverr http://fiverr.com/users/thetrespasser including a few of my recipes, and I know a few of you want them. :-)

Please share any of these links with your friends, and/or “like” my businesses on Facebook, every little bit helps, thanks people