June 18th, 2012
Amalthea fun fact: I’m sickly! Have been since I was a wee tot. All sorts of surgeries and hospitalizations and other goopy yuck. Fun times.
Possibly because of this, I’m partial to those who like to help out sick kids, whoda’ thunk?
Recently, I was contacted by Brian Blacknick, an artist and all around decent fellow, who asked if the Attic would help him out raising money for children’s cancer charities, and we said NO WAY, JERK!
Ha, no. But that would have been ironic, eh?
We said “absotively!” So to help our Brian and his cause, we’re posting this little interview with him regarding his recent fundraising activities with St. Baldrick, “a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.”
Have a read, take it in, and if you don’t like the idea of kids with cancer, perhaps consider helping out!
What got you involved with St. Baldrick’s in the first place?
My Mother is a three time cancer survivor. When I saw a local news story about a St.Baldrick’s event it resonated with me. I thought it would be a great way to raise funds for childhood cancer research!
How long have you been involved?
The first year I participated was 2007. My goal was to raise $1000. My entire family and friends got behind me to help and we ended up raising over $2000.! I’ve been involved every year since.
How are you doing most of your fundraising?
A lot of my fundraising is in person. In addition sometimes I’ll donate a piece of my sculpture to the cause. On two occasions my sculptures of King Kong have garnered several hundred dollar for the St.Baldrick’s Foundation.
This year 25% of the sale of my Zombie sculpture will go to benefit the Foundation: Zombie Horror Art by BlacknickSculpture on Etsy I also plan on auctioning some of my nautical artwork to help raise funds. Anyone interested in learning more about the upcoming auction can join my FB page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/BlacknickSculpture
What made you decide to go the dye route?
I thought it was a novel and fun way to raise funds. I had a poll on my FB page where donors could vote on what color my mohawk would be. My sister wanted purple. My Mom and wife blue. Blue won by a landslide so come June 28th blue it will be!
How did you find the Attic?
I’m a dye noobie so while searching for dye info I came across your blog Notes From The Attic . The articles I found there on dye were very informative! And then you were kind enough to answer my email Q’s and advise me on which dyes fade the fastest LOL!
Do you think you’ll make this an annual event?
Definitely! This year I am honoring Kyle a 7 year old boy from my hometown who was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma at age 5. Next year I’d love to put together a team of my artist friends and see about doing some head shaving/dyeing and sales of our combined artwork to support St.Baldrick’s!
How can other people get involved in St. Baldrick’s?
They can learn more about the St.B’s Foundation and donate by visiting my participant page:
http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/519758/2012 I can use all the help I can get in reaching my fundraising goal!
So, there you have it, kids! Hit up his page, and lend him a hand. We’ve sent in our donation, lets see just how weird we can make Brian’s hair, and just how many kids we can help out, eh?