For the Love of Amy Sherald…

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So there’s this girl named Amy and she stole my heart the minute I met her. Six years later, she’s still one of the most important people in my life. She makes me laugh, she’s let me cry, and she’s always been there for me no matter what. She’s an incredibly talented artist who has the ability to focus on her work yet still manage to make time for everyone in her life.

She’s always been very open about her life and health and, the day we met, she let me know that she’d been diagnosed with congestive heart failure nine years ago. Although Amy has always taken the best possible care, (she’s the reason I eat and try to live the way I do), her heart was gradually weakening and this past November, she ended up in need of a life-saving heart transplant.

During the last three months my dearest Ames has been through more than one single soul should experience; she was put on a donor list and had to stay at John’s Hopkins until her new heart was ready, all while getting poked and prodded on a daily basis (although this was done by the friendliest staff). She also had to deal with the fact that her amazing brother Michael, who had been fighting cancer for the last two years, was going to pass before she could get home to Georgia to see him one last time.

Michael went to a better place December 7, 2012 while Amy was still weak and waiting for a transplant.

With all this sadness, there’s truly a light at the end of the tunnel. Amy received a new heart at the end of December and I was only more than happy to get to work on her logo and, once she was in rehab, a nice batch of Thank You’s to send out to all of the people that showered her with love and help during her stay in the ICU.

Here’s what Amy had to say on the day she was discharged:

First day out was yesterday, and that first breath of air was awesome. Still very puffy faced and swollen and weak and sore but happy to be home. Thanks for all of the love and support it really was encouraging. I love and appreciate all of you. I have alot of living to do now since Im living for 3. Me, my brother and my donor. Happy New Year!

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To help alleviate the financial burden of transplantation, a fundraising campaign in Amy’s honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for 30 years. All donations are tax-deductible, held by HelpHOPELive in the Mid-Atlantic Heart Transplant Fund, and administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. Please consider making a contribution today!

I haven’t added these to the shop, but if you are interested in purchasing a set of these Thank You’s yourself, please know proceeds will go to Amy’s fund so feel free to contact me with an inquiry.

Peace and Love,
Cat! xo

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