I can hear the groans throughout my small Blogosphere.
The decision to blast my family, friends and business acquaintances with a new round of marathon training stories did not come easily. I am extremely sensitive of your time and understand that weekly updates from a fundraising marathoner can be disruptive. Please do not hesitate to email me with a request to be removed from the list. It WILL NOT HURT MY FEELINGS. My posts will be more meaningful because I will allow them to be more personal.
With that out of the way — How is everyone?
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Last year I was encouraged and sustained not only by the financial giving you provided the Donna Hicken Foundation.but through your comments of support over the six months of my training. This year I have some exciting news.
The Donna Hicken Foundation has teamed with Mayo Clinic (and many other large corporate sponsors) to host a nationally sanctioned marathon with a sole purpose of raising funds (and awareness) for breast cancer research and regional support for breast cancer survivors. This is a very unique concept with incredible potential.
So much has already taken place “behind the scenes” to make this event a success that I could write for hours… I won’t. There are some links with my first post (scroll past images below). Besides the training I will probably try some artwork but with a new angle on the images. This year I will talk with the runners and paint in a personal portraiture approach. We’ll see how that goes.
Finally, I was honored with the opportunity to paint the Inaugural 26.2 with Donna poster.
Below are images of the final art, preliminary paintings and some of the reference I shot in order to produce the painting. You can order signed copies on line.
This year my primary fundraising and financial goal will be met through an exhibit of original work at the end of the training. I will hope to produce 15 large paintings that I will sell at prices between $800 and $2400. If this is a success I should be able to provide a minimum of $10,000 to the foundation. With that said you are welcome to enhance that goal with personal donations to the foundation.